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doublet

[duhb-lit]
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noun
  1. a close-fitting outer garment, with or without sleeves and sometimes having a short skirt, worn by men in the Renaissance.
  2. an undergarment, quilted and reinforced with mail, worn beneath armor.
  3. a pair of like things; couple.
  4. one of a pair of like things; duplicate.
  5. Linguistics. one of two or more words in a language that are derived from the same source, especially when one is learned while the other is popular, as coy and quiet, both taken from the same Latin word, quiet directly, and coy by way of Old French.
  6. Printing. an unintentional repetition in printed matter or proof.
  7. doublets, a throw of a pair of dice in which the same number of spots turns up on each die.
  8. Jewelry. a counterfeit gem made of two pieces, either of smaller gemstones, inferior stones, or glass.Compare imitation doublet, triplet(def 6).
  9. Optics. a compound lens made of two thin lenses shaped so as to reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations.
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Origin of doublet

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French. See double, -et
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Related Words for doublet

combination, duo, couple, two, team, match, pair, double, set, twosome, span, combine, yoke, brace, duality, twins, combo, dyad, deuce, doublet

Examples from the Web for doublet

Historical Examples of doublet

  • Ayllon had the necklace with him in the slack of his doublet.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • He took his prisoner by the breast of his doublet and shook him.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He was stripped of doublet, and his hands were tied behind him.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Then he thrust his own right hand with its pistol back into the breast of his doublet.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He took the huddled inmate by the collar of his doublet, and lugged him out into the open.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for doublet

doublet

noun
  1. (formerly) a man's close-fitting jacket, with or without sleeves (esp in the phrase doublet and hose.)
    1. a pair of similar things, esp two words deriving ultimately from the same source, for example reason and ratio or fragile and frail
    2. one of such a pair
  2. jewellery a false gem made by welding a thin layer of a gemstone onto a coloured glass base or by fusing two small stones together to make a larger one
  3. physics
    1. a multiplet that has two members
    2. a closely spaced pair of related spectral lines
  4. (plural) two dice each showing the same number of spots on one throw
  5. physics two simple lenses designed to be used together, the optical distortion in one being balanced by that in the other
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Word Origin for doublet

C14: from Old French, from double
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Word Origin and History for doublet

n.

early 14c. as a type of men's garment, from Old French doublet (12c.), from diminutive of duble (see double (adj.)). From 1550s as "one of two things that are alike."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

doublet in Medicine

doublet

(dŭblĭt)
n.
  1. A pairing of two lenses to optically correct a chromatic and spherical aberration.
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