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[lok-it] /ˈlɒk ɪt/
a small case for a miniature portrait, a lock of hair, or other keepsake, usually worn on a necklace.
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 Unabridged
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  • Attached to the watch there was a locket of chased yellow gold.

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

    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
  • It seemed a locket, which he wore by a ribbon round his neck.

  • She has a locket as big as a ring, and she cannot have received it from anyone but you.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Her other hand drew out a locket that was suspended in her bosom.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • She had opened her locket, in which were a number of small, dark-purple crystals.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for locket


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 loclock1
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Word Origin and History for locket

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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