- 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
C16: from Old French: a little collar, from col neckband, neck, from Latin collum neck
Word Origin and History for colleted
1520s, from French collet "little collar," diminutive of col "neck," from Latin collum (see collar (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper