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circlet Line breaks: circ|let
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːklɪt/

Definition of circlet in English:


1A circular band, typically one made of precious metal, worn on the head as an ornament.
Example sentences
  • A circlet rested atop his head, and was adorned with a single, four-pointed star.
  • She wears a long veil with a circlet of flowers round her head.
  • Some women wear a shayla, a black gauzy scarf wrapped around the head and held in place by a variety of hats, head circlets, or jewelry.
1.1A small circular arrangement or object.
Example sentences
  • The mouth of most echinoids is provided with five hard teeth arranged in a circlet.
  • Despite the dearth of light, his pupils were the size of pin-pricks, and were ringed in jagged circlets of gold.


Late Middle English: from circle + -et1, perhaps reinforced by archaic French cerclet.

Words that rhyme with circlet

coverlet • verselet

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