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Old French[edit]

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From Vulgar Latin *jocale (graceful object) from Latin iocus (game; playing; joke).


jouel m (oblique plural joueus, nominative singular joueus, nominative plural jouel)

  1. jewel
  2. (figuratively) treasure; an object or person of beauty
    Avec li, un gent jouel
    Agnes sa fille
    With him, a beautiful treasure
    Agnes, his daughter


  • French: joyau
  • Danish: juvel
  • Galician: xoel
  • Italian: gioiello
  • Middle English: juel
  • Norwegian: juvel
  • Spanish: joyel
  • Portuguese: joia