[ breys-lit ]
/ ˈbreɪs lɪt /


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).

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 forms

brace·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 bracelets (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbreɪslɪts) /

pl n

a slang name for handcuffsSee handcuff (def. 2)

British Dictionary definitions for bracelets (2 of 2)


/ (ˈbreɪslɪt) /


an ornamental chain worn around the arm or wrist
an expanding metal band for a wristwatch

Related forms

Related 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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