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Definition of "gem" [gem]

  • A pearl or mineral that has been cut and polished for use as an ornament. (noun)
  • Something that is valued for its beauty or perfection: a little gem of a book. (noun)
  • A beloved or highly prized person. (noun)
  • A type of muffin. (noun)
  • To adorn with or as if with precious or semiprecious stones. (verb-transitive)
  • A precious or semiprecious stone used in jewellery as a decoration; jewel (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A person or thing held to be a perfect example; treasure (noun)
  • A size of printer's type, approximately equal to 4 point (noun)
  • A type of small sweet cake (noun)
  • To set or ornament with gems (verb)

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Use "gem" in a sentence
  • "This gem is a rock that comprises numerous minerals including Charoite."
  • "This gem is about a man that just wants to find out how the book ends."
  • "This gem is the most challenging to obtain, as it is the legal document that establishes the company where you intend to work."