[ plan-shet, -chet ]
/ plænˈʃɛt, -ˈtʃɛt /


a small, heart-shaped board supported by two casters and a pencil or stylus that, when moved across a surface by the light, unguided pressure of the fingertips, is supposed to trace meaningful patterns or written messages revealing subconscious thoughts, psychic phenomena, clairvoyant messages, etc.
Compare Ouija.

Origin of planchette

From French, dating back to 1855–60; see origin at planch, -ette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for planchette


/ (plɑːnˈʃɛt) /


a heart-shaped board on wheels, on which messages are written under supposed spirit guidance

Word Origin for planchette

C19: from French: little board, from planche plank 1
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