amulet

[ am-yuh-lit ]
/ ˈæm yə lɪt /

noun

a small object worn to ward off evil, harm, or illness or to bring good fortune; protecting charm.

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Origin of amulet

1595–1605; (< Middle French amulete) < Latin amulētum
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British Dictionary definitions for amulet

amulet

/ (ˈæmjʊlɪt) /

noun

a trinket or piece of jewellery worn as a protection against evil; charm

Word Origin for amulet

C17: from Latin amulētum, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for amulet

amulet


n.

mid-15c., amalettys, from Latin amuletum (Pliny) "thing worn as a charm against spells, disease, etc.," of uncertain origin, perhaps related to amoliri "to avert, to carry away, remove." Not recorded again in English until c.1600; the 15c. use may be via French.

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