bracelet

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English[edit]

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Bracelet from Persia.

Etymology[edit]

From Old French bracelet, diminutive form of bras (arm).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈbɹeɪslət/, /ˈbɹeɪslɪt/
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Noun[edit]

bracelet (plural bracelets)

  1. A band or chain worn around the wrist as jewelry/jewellery or an ornament.
  2. The strap of a wristwatch, used to secure it around the wrist.
  3. (colloquial, chiefly in the plural) A handcuff.
    • c. 1620, anonymous, “Tom o’ Bedlam’s Song” in Giles Earle his Booke (British Museum, Additional MSS. 24, 665):
      Of thirty bare yeares haue I
      twice twenty bin enraged,
      & of forty bin three tymes fifteene
      in durance soundlie caged,
      On yͤ lordlie loftes of Bedlam
      with stubble softe & dainty,
      braue braceletts Strong, sweet whips ding dong
      with wholesome hunger plenty
  4. (historical) A piece of defensive armour for the arm.[1]
    Coordinate term: brassard
    • 1903, Campbell Cowan Edgar, Greek Sculpture, page 57:
      [] and fastened on his breast by a buckle consisting of a Gorgoneion (with wings on temples and serpent-knot below chin), a sword-belt over right shoulder, bracelets, greaves (with lions' heads at the knees) and sandals.

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bracelet (third-person singular simple present bracelets, present participle braceleting or braceletting, simple past and past participle braceleted or braceletted)

  1. (transitive) To surround with, or as if with, a bracelet; to ring or encompass.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Encyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature: Volume 4, January 1, 1816 by John Brown page 287

French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French bracelet, from Old French bracelet, diminutive form of bras (arm).

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bracelet m (plural bracelets)

  1. bracelet

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  • Portuguese: bracelete

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French bracelet, diminutive form of bras (arm).

Noun[edit]

bracelet m (plural bracelés or braceletz)

  1. bracelet (jewelry)
  2. bracelet (armor)

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References[edit]

  • bracelet on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330–1500) (in French)

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

bracelet m (oblique plural bracelez or braceletz, nominative singular bracelez or braceletz, nominative plural bracelet)

  1. Diminutive of bras (arm)
  2. bracelet (jewelry)

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