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[am-yuh-lit] /ˈæm yə lɪt/
a small object worn to ward off evil, harm, or illness or to bring good fortune; protecting charm.
Origin of amulet
1595-1605; (< Middle French amulete) < Latin amulētum
talisman. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The "amulet," or the "Omelet," just as you like, was a financial success.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Seeing how difficult he proved to strangle, they must have cursed that amulet of his.

  • What he did was to encircle our city with an amulet of saving virtue.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • It became an amulet to increase the fertility of women and to help them in childbirth.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • At Rome the phallus was an amulet and was worn by all children.


    William Graham Sumner
  • It was given as an amulet or charm, and right well has it fulfilled its purpose.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • We do not suppose that the bracelet on her arm was an amulet, but it was a symbol.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • She laid one finger on her mouth and concealed the amulet in her bosom.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • In its widest sense, the word talisman is synonymous with amulet.

  • The Hajji said: 'And on mine also is a name engraved; but there is no name on the amulet.'

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for amulet


a trinket or piece of jewellery worn as a protection against evil; charm
Word Origin
C17: from Latin amulētum, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for amulet

mid-15c., amalettys, from Latin amuletum (Pliny) "thing worn as a charm against spells, disease, etc.," of uncertain origin, perhaps related to amoliri "to avert, to carry away, remove." Not recorded again in English until c.1600; the 15c. use may be via French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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