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. 2018

Related Words for bracelets

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bracelets


pl n
  1. a slang name for handcuffsSee handcuff (def. 2)


  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 bracelets



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

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