Definition of annulet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈanyələt/


1 Architecture A small fillet or band encircling a column.
Example sentences
  • The capital, which should be as high as the radius of the bottom of the column, is composed of an abacus, an echinus (a convex moulding with gently swelling curve), and annulets (or rings) next to the column.
  • The numerous shafts in S. Sophia exhibit the remarkable and beautiful structural expedient of surrounding the shafts, both under the capital and above the base, by bronze annulets.
  • The Greek Doric column has no base. Its massive shaft, generally treated with 20 flutes, terminates in a simple capital composed of a group of annulets.
2 Heraldry A charge in the form of a small ring.
Example sentences
  • They speculated that since the arms include an annulet, denoting a fifth son, they were probably for the Earl's uncle, William Montagu of Oakley, ‘a shadowy person’ who was the fifth son of Lord Chief Justice Sir Edward Montagu.
  • The star and annulets are surrounded by a wreath of laurel which follows the contour of the medal.
  • The Cape Colony (and the Cape Province afterwards) had the annulets in the same field as a rampant lion.


Late Middle English (sense 2): from Old French anelet, from Latin anulus, annulus 'ring' + -et1. The spelling change in the 16th century was due to association with the Latin.

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Syllabification: an·nu·let

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