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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [jem]
    • /dʒɛm/
    • /dʒem/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [jem]
    • /dʒɛm/

Definitions of gem word

  • noun gem a cut and polished precious stone or pearl fine enough for use in jewelry. 1
  • noun gem something likened to or prized as such a stone because of its beauty or worth: His painting was the gem of the collection. 1
  • noun gem a person held in great esteem or affection. 1
  • noun gem muffin (def 1). 1
  • noun gem British Printing. a 4-point type of a size between brilliant and diamond. 1
  • verb with object gem to adorn with or as with gems; begem. 1

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Origin of gem

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English gemme < Old French < Latin gemma bud, jewel; replacing Middle English yimme, Old English gim(m) < Latin

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Parts of speech for Gem


gem popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

gem usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for gem

noun gem

  • stone — the hard substance, formed of mineral matter, of which rocks consist.
  • jewelry — articles of gold, silver, precious stones, etc., for personal adornment.
  • jewel — a female given name.
  • ornament — an accessory, article, or detail used to beautify the appearance of something to which it is added or of which it is a part: architectural ornaments.
  • masterpiece — a person's greatest piece of work, as in an art.

verb gem

  • bedeck — If flags or other ornaments bedeck a place, a lot of them have been hung up to decorate it.
  • caparisoned — (of a horse) Having a richly ornamented harness.

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