- a collar or enclosing band.
- the enclosing rim within which a jewel is set.
- a slotted cylindrical clamp inserted tightly into the tapered interior of a sleeve or chuck on a lathe to hold a cylindrical piece of work.
- Horology. the tiny collar that supports the inner terminal of a hairspring.
- to set (a gem or other stone) in a collet.
Origin of collet
1520–30; < French, equivalent to col neck (< Latin collum) + -et -et
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Examples from the Web for collet
A sight easier than men do, Collet Pardue, take my word for it.
“I lack not your help therein, I thank you,” said Collet somewhat spiritedly.
Before Collet could reply, a third person stood in the doorway.
He had not, therefore, the least idea that Tabitha heard his words addressed to Collet.
As for Marix, he found his way to the shed already struck by Collet.The British Navy Book
- (in a jewellery setting) a band or coronet-shaped claw that holds an individual stone
- mechanical engineering an externally tapered sleeve made in two or more segments and used to grip a shaft passed through its centre when the sleeve is compressed by being inserted in a tapered hole
- horology a small collar that supports the inner end of the hairspring
- (tr) jewellery to mount in a collet
C16: from Old French: a little collar, from col neckband, neck, from Latin collum neck
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Word Origin and History for collet
1520s, from French collet "little collar," diminutive of col "neck," from Latin collum (see collar (n.)).
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