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[ring-lit] /ˈrɪŋ lɪt/
a curled lock of hair.
a small ring or circle.
Astronomy. one of the thin or narrow rings that compose the major rings of Saturn.
Origin of ringlet
First recorded in 1545-55; ring1 + -let
Related forms
ringleted, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • She admitted the truth, with eyes dwelling on him, until a ringlet got displaced.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • It is her boast that no man, save Carmelo, has ever touched so much as a ringlet of her hair.

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • From this he removed a ringlet of black hair, probably a love-lock of Ellen's.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • Impatiently Penny brushed a ringlet of golden hair from her eyes.

    The Secret Pact Mildred A. Wirt
  • Is our modern usage of "ringlet" found before the time of Milton?

  • "Floy," said Paul, holding a ringlet of her dark hair in his hand.

    Ten Boys from Dickens Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  • It was the opinion of people that this ringlet betokened King Olaf the Saint.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • These ringlets were of various colours; but one ringlet surpassed all the others in beauty, lustre, and size.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • The favourite haunts of the ringlet are the borders of woods, and the sheltered sides of flowery hedgerows.

    Butterflies and Moths

    William S. Furneaux
  • But the scissors were at hand, and the ringlet was cut and in his pocket before she was ready with her resistance.

    Phineas Finn

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for ringlet


a lock of hair hanging down in a spiral curl
any of numerous butterflies of the genus Erebia, most of which occur in S Europe and have dark brown wings marked with small black-and-white eyespots: family Satyridae
Derived Forms
ringleted, adjective
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Word Origin and History for ringlet

1550s, from ring (n.1) + diminutive suffix -let. Of hair, since 1660s. Related: Ringleted.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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