Origin of cullet

1810–20; variant of collet < Italian colletto glass blower's term, literally, little neck. See col, -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for cullet


  1. waste glass for melting down to be reused

Word Origin for cullet

C17: perhaps variant of collet (literally: little neck, referring to the glass neck of newly blown bottles, etc)
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