a small circle.
a ring.
a ring-shaped ornament, especially for the head.

Origin of circlet

1475–85; circle + -et; replacing late Middle English serclett < Middle French Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for circlet

bangle, hoop, wreath, bracelet, band, headband

Examples from the Web for circlet

Contemporary Examples of circlet

Historical Examples of circlet

  • But I have a circlet of diamonds which can enclose all living creatures.

  • The circlet was beautiful in itself, and astonishingly heavy.

  • She pulled the circlet from her finger and almost flung it at him.

    That Girl Montana

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • She wears a close head-dress, with a circlet of gems over it.

    Richard I

    Jacob Abbott

  • On this ring, inside the circlet, were engraven my name and rank!

    The Rifle Rangers

    Captain Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for circlet



a small circle or ring, esp a circular ornament worn on the head

Word Origin for circlet

C15: from Old French cerclet a little circle
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Word Origin and History for circlet

late 15c., from Middle French cerclet, diminutive of cercle (see circle (n.)).

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