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locket

[lok-it]
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noun
  1. a small case for a miniature portrait, a lock of hair, or other keepsake, usually worn on a necklace.
  2. the uppermost mount of a scabbard.

Origin of locket

1325–75; Middle English lokat cross-bar in a framework < Anglo-French loquet, diminutive of loc latch < Middle English. See lock1, -et
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Examples from the Web for locket

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Historical Examples

  • He put the locket again in its place, and took a letter from his breast-pocket.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Attached to the watch there was a locket of chased yellow gold.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • I had no idea that it was you from whom the locket had been stolen.

  • This she laid aside with the locket, closed and locked the drawer.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • I saw him produce the locket and chain at last, and offer them to her.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander


British Dictionary definitions for locket

locket

noun
  1. a small ornamental case, usually on a necklace or chain, that holds a picture, keepsake, etc

Word Origin

C17: from French loquet latch, diminutive of loc lock 1
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Word Origin and History for locket

n.

mid-14c., "iron cross-bar of a window," from Old French loquet "door-handle, bolt, latch," diminutive of loc "lock, latch," from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old Norse lok "fastening, lock;" see lock (n.1)). Meaning "ornamental case with hinged cover" (containing a lock of hair, miniature portrait, etc.) first recorded 1670s.

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