ringlet

[ ring-lit ]
/ ˈrɪŋ lɪt /

noun

a curled lock of hair.
a small ring or circle.
Astronomy. one of the thin or narrow rings that compose the major rings of Saturn.

Origin of ringlet

First recorded in 1545–55; ring1 + -let
Related formsring·let·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ringlet

ringlet

/ (ˈrɪŋlɪt) /

noun

a lock of hair hanging down in a spiral curl
any of numerous butterflies of the genus Erebia, most of which occur in S Europe and have dark brown wings marked with small black-and-white eyespots: family Satyridae
Derived Formsringleted, adjective
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Word Origin and History for ringlet

ringlet


n.

1550s, from ring (n.1) + diminutive suffix -let. Of hair, since 1660s. Related: Ringleted.

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