An ornament or small piece of jewellery thought to give protection against evil, danger, or disease.
- Cameos and intaglios were often mounted as rings, worn as amulets or brooches, and sometimes even mounted on elaborate Gospel book covers or reliquaries.
- Infants and small children often wear amulets and bracelets to protect them from supernatural forces.
- Taboos are observed, and charms and amulets are used for protection.
Late 16th century: from Latin amuletum, of unknown origin.
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