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[sur-klit] /ˈsɜr klɪt/
a small circle.
a ring.
a ring-shaped ornament, especially for the head.
Origin of circlet
late Middle English
1475-85; circle + -et; replacing late Middle English serclett < Middle French Unabridged
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  • He was not satisfied with having a circlet of gold about his head.

    The Ghosts Robert G. Ingersoll
  • She pulled the circlet from her finger and almost flung it at him.

    That Girl Montana Marah Ellis Ryan
  • A circlet of radially situate infrabasals (IBB) may also be present.

  • On this ring, inside the circlet, were engraven my name and rank!

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • She saw the circlet of stars on the gray epaulet; she saw the stern handsome face; she saw the dark tired eyes.

    Star Mother Robert F. Young
  • The circlet was beautiful in itself, and astonishingly heavy.

  • I moved towards the window and, ostensibly catching the light upon the facets of the matchless 126 stone, peeped into the circlet.

    The House by the Lock C. N. Williamson
  • "How lovely" cried Helen glancing at the circlet of gold on her wrist.

    Daisy Ashford: Her Book Daisy Ashford
British Dictionary definitions for circlet


a small circle or ring, esp a circular ornament worn on the head
Word Origin
C15: from Old French cerclet a little circle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for circlet

late 15c., from Middle French cerclet, diminutive of cercle (see circle (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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