locket

[ lok-it ]
/ ˈlɒk ɪt /

noun

a small case for a miniature portrait, a lock of hair, or other keepsake, usually worn on a necklace.
the uppermost mount of a scabbard.

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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locket

/ (ˈlɒkɪt) /

noun

a small ornamental case, usually on a necklace or chain, that holds a picture, keepsake, etc

Word Origin for locket

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

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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