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  1. a wreath or garland for the head.

  2. a string of beads.

  1. Roman Catholic Church.

    • a string of beads, one-third of the length of a rosary, for counting prayers.

    • the prayers recited over this.

  2. Architecture. a small molding carved to resemble a string of beads; astragal.

  3. Metallurgy. an object for separating the core of a mold from a wall, composed of the same metal as the casting and forming an integral part of it.

Origin of chaplet

1325–75; Middle English chapelet wreath <Old French. See chapeau, -et

Other words from chaplet

  • chap·let·ed, adjective
  • un·chap·let·ed, adjective

Words Nearby chaplet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chaplet in a sentence

  • chaplet”—a wreath or garland signed for by him in his ambitious hopes—expresses his birth-date by Con.

    Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • Here it seems to mean a gold-embroidered band, worn as a chaplet.

  • And so she twines together the white flowers, the yellow flowers, and the red flowers, into a chaplet.

  • You have found out already that you are only looking at a chaplet of cameos, with just enough of story to string them together.

    Sword and Gown | George A. Lawrence
  • In the meantime the Princess Periezade, several times a day after her brother's departure, counted her chaplet.

British Dictionary definitions for chaplet


/ (ˈtʃæplɪt) /

  1. an ornamental wreath of flowers, beads, etc, worn on the head

  2. a string of beads or something similar

  1. RC Church

    • a string of prayer beads constituting one third of the rosary

    • the prayers counted on this string

  2. a narrow convex moulding in the form of a string of beads; astragal

  3. a metal support for the core in a casting mould, esp for the core of a cylindrical pipe

Origin of chaplet

C14: from Old French chapelet garland of roses, from chapel hat; see chapeau

Derived forms of chaplet

  • chapleted, adjective

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