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  1. one of the round loops or rings on the saddle of a harness, through which the driving reins pass.
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Origin of terret

1480–90; earlier teret, unexplained variant of Middle English toret < Middle French, Old French tor ring (see tour) + -et -et
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Examples from the Web for terret

Historical Examples of terret

  • Then take the rein, double it, pass the bight of it through the terret, with the loop over the bearing-rein hook.

    Riding and Driving

    Edward L. Anderson

  • "I think I have heard that those two clever spies were hanged," remarked Terret.

    Boscobel: or, the royal oak

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • Terret, ter′et, n. one of the two round loops or rings on a pad-tree, through which the driving reins pass.

British Dictionary definitions for terret


  1. either of the two metal rings on a harness saddle through which the reins are passed
  2. the ring on a dog's collar for attaching the lead
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Word Origin for terret

C15: variant of toret, from Old French, diminutive of tor loop; see tour
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