AskDefine | Define gem

Dictionary Definition



1 a crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry; "he had the gem set in a ring for his wife"; "she had jewels made of all the rarest stones" [syn: gemstone, stone]
2 art highly prized for its beauty or perfection [syn: treasure]
3 a person who is a brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry [syn: jewel]
4 a sweet quick bread baked in a cup-shaped pan [syn: muffin]
5 a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry [syn: jewel, precious stone] [also: gemming, gemmed]

User Contributed Dictionary



ġimm, from gemma; refashioned in Middle English under the influence of Old French gemme


  • /ʤɛm/
  • /dZem/


  1. A precious stone, usually of substantial monetary value or prized for its beauty or shine.
  2. any precious or highly valued thing or person
    She's an absolute gem.
  3. a gemma or leaf-bud
  4. a type of geometrid moth, Orthonama obstipata



precious stone
Turkish: mücevher
precious or highly valued thing or person
obsolete: gemma
See gemma
type of geometrid moth








  1. paper clip
  2. game; part of a set


Extensive Definition

Gem can mean:
gem in Swedish: gem

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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