Meaning of gem

gem

Pronunciation: ( jem), [key]
— n., v., adj. gemmed, gem•ming,
—n.
  1. a cut and polished precious stone or pearl fine enough for use in jewelry.
  2. something likened to or prized as such a stone because of its beauty or worth: His painting was the gem of the collection.
  3. a person held in great esteem or affection.
  4. muffin (def. 1).
  5. a 4-point type of a size between brilliant and diamond.
—v.t.
  1. to adorn with or as with gems; begem.
—adj.
  1. noting perfection or very high quality: gem color; a gem ruby.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also:
  • gem (Thesaurus)