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Origin of bracelet

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French; Old French bracel (< Latin brāchiāle, noun use of neuter of brāchiālis brachial) + -et -et
Related formsbrace·let·ed, adjectiveun·brace·let·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bracelet

ornament, trinket, bangle, manacle, circlet, wristlet, armlet

Examples from the Web for bracelet

Contemporary Examples of bracelet

Historical Examples of bracelet

  • Will you give us each a bracelet of brass as well as the rifles?

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • I lost this bracelet at the house of the rich nabob, Alfred Sassoon.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Do you remember anything of the kind—such as a bracelet now, for instance?'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • You must suppress your gratitude, and endeavour to forget my forbearance in the matter of the bracelet.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • I promise that I will seek for no note, nor spy out any ring or bracelet.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

British Dictionary definitions for bracelet


  1. an ornamental chain worn around the arm or wrist
  2. an expanding metal band for a wristwatch
Related formsRelated adjective: armillary

Word Origin for bracelet

C15: from Old French, from bracel, literally: a little arm, from Latin bracchium arm; see brace
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Word Origin and History for bracelet

mid-15c., from Old French bracelet (14c.), diminutive of bracel, from Latin bracchiale "armlet," from bracchium (see brace (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper