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  Dictionary Definition of gem

gem
noun
1. a stone used in jewellery, fashioned to bring out its beauty.
2. something likened to, or prized as, a gem because of its beauty or worth, especially something small: the gem of the collection.
3. a printing type (4 point) between brilliant and diamond.
-- verb (t) ( gemmed, gemming )
4. to adorn with or as with gems.
[ME, from F gemme, from L gemma bud, jewel; replacing OE gim (c. OHG gimma ), from L]
-- gemlike, adjective -- gemmy, adjective