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  1. Jewelry. a small face forming the bottom of a faceted gem.
  2. Armor. a piece below the backplate, composed of lames and correspondingto the fauld in front.
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Origin of culet

1670–80; < French (obsolete), equivalent to cul bottom (< Latin cūlus buttocks) + -et -et
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Historical Examples of culet

  • The stone is then reversed and 24 facets, and the culet, polished on the back.

    A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public

    Frank Bertram Wade

British Dictionary definitions for culet


  1. jewellery the flat face at the bottom of a gem
  2. either of the plates of armour worn at the small of the back
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Word Origin for culet

C17: from obsolete French, diminutive of cul, from Latin cūlus bottom
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