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  1. a sock that reaches just above the ankle.
  2. an ornamental circlet worn around the ankle.
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Origin of anklet

First recorded in 1810–20; ankle + -let
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Historical Examples

  • Anklet with two knobs, formed of two pieces screwed together.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • Pachala or silk embroidery adorned with tassels and cowries is also worn as an anklet by women.

  • When the king heard that, he gave an order to the goldsmiths and other craftsmen of the kind, to make a second anklet like that.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara

    Somadeva Bhatta

  • An obsolete form was an anklet and chain to the end of which was attached a heavy weight, usually a round shot.

  • Seaton then tried to make Nalboon understand that they wanted copper, pointing to his anklet, the only copper in sight.

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby

British Dictionary definitions for anklet


  1. an ornamental chain worn around the ankle
  2. the US word for ankle sock
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Word Origin and History for anklet


"ring for an ankle," 1810, from ankle, with diminutive suffix -let, after bracelet.

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