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[duhb-lit] /ˈdʌb lɪt/
a close-fitting outer garment, with or without sleeves and sometimes having a short skirt, worn by men in the Renaissance.
an undergarment, quilted and reinforced with mail, worn beneath armor.
a pair of like things; couple.
one of a pair of like things; duplicate.
Linguistics. one of two or more words in a language that are derived from the same source, especially when one is learned while the other is popular, as coy and quiet, both taken from the same Latin word, quiet directly, and coy by way of Old French.
Printing. an unintentional repetition in printed matter or proof.
doublets, a throw of a pair of dice in which the same number of spots turns up on each die.
Jewelry. a counterfeit gem made of two pieces, either of smaller gemstones, inferior stones, or glass.
Compare imitation doublet, triplet (def 6).
Optics. a compound lens made of two thin lenses shaped so as to reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations.
Origin of doublet
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French. See double, -et Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for doublet
Historical Examples
  • Ayllon had the necklace with him in the slack of his doublet.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • He took his prisoner by the breast of his doublet and shook him.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • He was stripped of doublet, and his hands were tied behind him.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Then he thrust his own right hand with its pistol back into the breast of his doublet.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • He took the huddled inmate by the collar of his doublet, and lugged him out into the open.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • I heard him retorting, as he assisted me to doff my doublet.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • He stretched out a mighty paw, and took me by the collar of my doublet.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • With my own hands I effected in my doublet the slight repair of which it stood in need.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • Cesare folded the letter and slipped it into the breast of his doublet.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • But every man wore a shirt of mail under his doublet or jerkin.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for doublet


(formerly) a man's close-fitting jacket, with or without sleeves (esp in the phrase doublet and hose.)
  1. a pair of similar things, esp two words deriving ultimately from the same source, for example reason and ratio or fragile and frail
  2. one of such a pair
(jewellery) a false gem made by welding a thin layer of a gemstone onto a coloured glass base or by fusing two small stones together to make a larger one
  1. a multiplet that has two members
  2. a closely spaced pair of related spectral lines
(pl) two dice each showing the same number of spots on one throw
(physics) two simple lenses designed to be used together, the optical distortion in one being balanced by that in the other
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from double
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for doublet

early 14c. as a type of men's garment, from Old French doublet (12c.), from diminutive of duble (see double (adj.)). From 1550s as "one of two things that are alike."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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doublet in Medicine

doublet dou·blet (dŭb'lĭt)
A pairing of two lenses to optically correct a chromatic and spherical aberration.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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