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  1. an ornamental band worn on the arm, especially a bracelet worn high on the arm, rather than on the wrist.
  2. a little inlet or arm: an armlet of the sea.
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Origin of armlet

First recorded in 1525–35; arm1 + -let
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Historical Examples

  • The armlet struck the Triton on the head and he sank down dead.

    The Chinese Fairy Book


  • Notscha laughed and said: “And there he has gone and made my armlet bloody!”

  • And he once more sat down on a stone, in order to wash his armlet.

  • I wore my badge and my armlet when I was on duty and sometimes when I was not.

  • The armlet he sent as a present to the Queen, and the bracelet to the Princess.

British Dictionary definitions for armlet


  1. a small arm, as of a lake, the sea, etc
  2. a band or bracelet worn round the arm for ornament, identification, etc
  3. a very short sleeve on a garment
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Word Origin and History for armlet


1530s, diminutive of arm (n.1).

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