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[breys-lit] /ˈbreɪs lɪt/
an ornamental band or circlet for the wrist or arm or, sometimes, for the ankle.
bracelets, Slang. a pair of handcuffs.
Furniture. collar (def 13).
Origin of bracelet
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French; Old French bracel (< Latin brāchiāle, noun use of neuter of brāchiālis brachial) + -et -et
Related forms
braceleted, adjective
unbraceleted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bracelet
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  • Will you give us each a bracelet of brass as well as the rifles?

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • I lost this bracelet at the house of the rich nabob, Alfred Sassoon.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Do you remember anything of the kind—such as a bracelet now, for instance?'

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • You must suppress your gratitude, and endeavour to forget my forbearance in the matter of the bracelet.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • I promise that I will seek for no note, nor spy out any ring or bracelet.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
British Dictionary definitions for bracelet


an ornamental chain worn around the arm or wrist
an expanding metal band for a wristwatch
adjective armillary
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from bracel, literally: a little arm, from Latin bracchium arm; see brace
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bracelet

mid-15c., from Old French bracelet (14c.), diminutive of bracel, from Latin bracchiale "armlet," from bracchium (see brace (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bracelet



A radio transmitter in a band fitting on the ankle and emitting signals so that the whereabouts of the wearer may be monitored: drug dealer was released on the condition that he wear an ankle bracelet (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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