[ pen-tuh-kuh l ]
/ ˈpɛn tə kəl /


a similar figure, as a hexagram.

Nearby words

  1. pent-up,
  2. pent.,
  3. penta-,
  4. pentachloronitrobenzene,
  5. pentachlorophenol,
  6. pentad,
  7. pentadactyl,
  8. pentadecagon,
  9. pentaerythritol,
  10. pentaerythritol tetranitrate

Origin of pentacle

First recorded in 1585–95, pentacle is from the Italian word pentacolo five-cornered object. See penta-, -cle1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pentacle


/ (ˈpɛntəkəl) /


another name for pentagram

Word Origin for pentacle

C16: from Italian pentacolo something having five corners; see penta-

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Word Origin and History for pentacle



1590s, from Medieval Latin pentaculum "pentagram," a hybrid coined from Greek pente "five" (see five) + Latin -culum, diminutive (or instrumental) suffix. OED notes other similar words: Italian had pentacolo "anything with five points," and French pentacle (16c.) was the name of something used in necromancy, perhaps a five-branched candlestick; French had pentacol "amulet worn around the neck" (14c.), from pend- "to hang" + a "to" + col "neck." The same figure as a pentagram, except in magical usage, where it has been extended to other symbols of power, including a six-point star. Related: Pentacular.

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