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picture of Richard II of England wearing a circlet
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From Middle French cerclet, diminutive of cercle.


circlet ‎(plural circlets)

  1. A small circle.
  2. A ring (typically of gold or silver) worn as an ornament on the head
  3. A crown without arches or a covering.
    • Spenser
      Her fair locks in circlet be enrolled.
  4. A round body; an orb.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Alexander Pope to this entry?)
    • Milton
      Fairest of stars [] that crown'st the smiling morn / With thy bright circlet.
  5. (Britain, dialect) A circular piece of wood put under a dish at table.
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