Definition of chaplet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃaplɪt/


1A garland or circlet for a person’s head.
Example sentences
  • In the Middle Ages young women wore wreaths of gold and eventually gave way to chaplets.
  • Improvising hastily, the papal legate Guala is said to have crowned the new king with a chaplet of flowers.
  • Cheered by dynastic thoughts, he forgets his disdain for the wedding-favour, a chaplet of carnations, he is obliged to wear.
2A string of 55 beads (one third of the rosary number) for counting prayers, or as a necklace.
Example sentences
  • A special person or event in the Catholic tradition, or a beloved Catholic devotion inspires the choice of materials for each chaplet or set of rosary beads.
  • Usually no special color is prescribed for the beads of the various chaplets.
3A metal support for the core of a hollow casting mould.
Example sentences
  • To this end numerous metal ‘core pins' or ‘chaplets ' are pushed through the wax shell to span the gap between the core and the outer mould.
  • If the design is such that there is insufficient support to hold the core in position, then metal supports called chaplets are used.
  • In addition, with the one-piece core, no chaplets are needed to support the core.



Example sentences
  • Myself, chapleted with stripped leaves of olive, I will bear offerings.


Late Middle English: from Old French chapelet, diminutive of chapel 'hat', based on late Latin cappa 'cap'.

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