Origin of ringlet
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Examples from the Web for ringlet
She admitted the truth, with eyes dwelling on him, until a ringlet got displaced.Sandra Belloni, Complete
It is her boast that no man, save Carmelo, has ever touched so much as a ringlet of her hair.Vendetta
From this he removed a ringlet of black hair, probably a love-lock of Ellen's.The Incendiary
W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
Impatiently Penny brushed a ringlet of golden hair from her eyes.The Secret Pact
Mildred A. Wirt
Is our modern usage of "ringlet" found before the time of Milton?
- 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
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Word Origin and History for ringlet
1550s, from ring (n.1) + diminutive suffix -let. Of hair, since 1660s. Related: Ringleted.
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