- a collar or enclosing band.
- the enclosing rim within which a jewel is set.
- a slotted cylindrical clamp inserted tightly into the tapered interior of a sleeve or chuck on a lathe to hold a cylindrical piece of work.
- Horology. the tiny collar that supports the inner terminal of a hairspring.
- to set (a gem or other stone) in a collet.
Origin of collet
1520–30; < French, equivalent to col neck (< Latin collum) + -et -et
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- (in a jewellery setting) a band or coronet-shaped claw that holds an individual stone
- mechanical engineering an externally tapered sleeve made in two or more segments and used to grip a shaft passed through its centre when the sleeve is compressed by being inserted in a tapered hole
- horology a small collar that supports the inner end of the hairspring
- (tr) jewellery to mount in a collet
Word Origin for collet
C16: from Old French: a little collar, from col neckband, neck, from Latin collum neck
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1520s, from French collet "little collar," diminutive of col "neck," from Latin collum (see collar (n.)).
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