a band worn around the wrist, especially to protect it from cold.
a bracelet.
Slang. a handcuff.

Origin of wristlet

First recorded in 1840–50; wrist + -let
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Examples from the Web for wristlet

Historical Examples of wristlet

  • She would have loved to see such a wristlet sagging down to her hand.

    Mary, Mary

    James Stephens

  • He had Alec's wristlet watch, but no attempt had been made to dry the things.

  • A wristlet of wood, bone, or leather was worn when the bow and arrows were used.

    Dress design

    Talbot Hughes

  • Platoon commanders fidgeting with their wristlet watches that seem to tick off the minutes so slowly.

  • The men of the last group were now looking anxiously at their wristlet watches, which had been carefully synchronized.

British Dictionary definitions for wristlet



a band or bracelet worn around the wrist
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