an ornamental band or circlet for the wrist or arm or, sometimes, for the ankle.
bracelets, Slang. a pair of handcuffs.
Furniture. collar(def 13).

Nearby words

  1. brace root,
  2. brace table,
  3. brace up,
  4. braced arch,
  5. braced frame,
  6. bracelets,
  7. bracer,
  8. bracero,
  9. braces,
  10. brach

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bracelet



an ornamental chain worn around the arm or wrist
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.)).

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