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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  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

Word Origin for terret

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