Definition of amulet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈamyələt/


An ornament or small piece of jewelry thought to give protection against evil, danger, or disease.
Example sentences
  • 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.
lucky charm, charm, talisman, mojo, churinga, phylactery, fetish, totem, idol, juju
archaic periapt


Late 16th century: from Latin amuletum, of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: am·u·let

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