from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A precious stone that is part of a sovereign's regalia.
- n. The jewels, such as those in a crown or scepter, used ceremonially by a sovereign.
- n. The most prized asset or possession in a group.
- n. A part of a company sought by another party in a hostile takeover attempt.
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- n. the most desirable assets of a corporation
- n. a precious stone that is a valuable part of a sovereign's regalia
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If, however, we could make it the crown jewel of our own sale of literary-related items, which would not be limited to Conan Doyle papers, he might attract a very different and considerably more diverse group of bidders.
Despite the poverty of the Old World, it would appear that this grand palace was to be a crown jewel of unsurpassed splendor.