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locket

[lok-it]
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noun
  1. a small case for a miniature portrait, a lock of hair, or other keepsake, usually worn on a necklace.
  2. the uppermost mount of a scabbard.
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Origin of locket

1325–75; Middle English lokat cross-bar in a framework < Anglo-French loquet, diminutive of loc latch < Middle English. See lock1, -et
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Related Words for locket

gold, glass, ornament, treasure, bracelet, jewel, trinket, brooch, costume, necklace, knickknack, tiara, silver, gem, earring, pendant, strand, jewelry, choker, cable

Examples from the Web for locket

Contemporary Examples of locket

Historical Examples of locket

  • He put the locket again in its place, and took a letter from his breast-pocket.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Attached to the watch there was a locket of chased yellow gold.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • I had no idea that it was you from whom the locket had been stolen.

  • This she laid aside with the locket, closed and locked the drawer.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • I saw him produce the locket and chain at last, and offer them to her.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander


British Dictionary definitions for locket

locket

noun
  1. a small ornamental case, usually on a necklace or chain, that holds a picture, keepsake, etc
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Word Origin for locket

C17: from French loquet latch, diminutive of loc lock 1
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Word Origin and History for locket

n.

mid-14c., "iron cross-bar of a window," from Old French loquet "door-handle, bolt, latch," diminutive of loc "lock, latch," from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old Norse lok "fastening, lock;" see lock (n.1)). Meaning "ornamental case with hinged cover" (containing a lock of hair, miniature portrait, etc.) first recorded 1670s.

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