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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lachet, from Old French lachet, variant of lacet, diminutive of laz (lace).


latchet (plural latchets)

  1. A small lever action crossbow with the cocking lever built into the top of the stock and a top mounted trigger.
  2. (obsolete) A thong or cord, especially one used to fasten a shoe.

Etymology 2[edit]

From latch +‎ -et.


latchet (plural latchets)

  1. A small latch, as for a gate.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “Anticipation”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 31:
      A little wicket opened into a half-wilderness, half-shrubbery, whose narrow pathway was chequered by the soft light that found its way through the densely-grown plantation. As she turned to secure the latchet, the voice of music came upon her ear.