Share this entry

bracelet Syllabification: brace·let
Pronunciation: /ˈbrāslit/

Definition of bracelet in English:


1An ornamental band, hoop, or chain worn on the wrist or arm.
Example sentences
  • Usually, a woman also accessorizes with a bracelet, ring and necklace to go along with a brooch.
  • I gelled my hair and then put on some rings, a bracelet, necklace, and earrings.
  • Exhibits include locally found Roman jewellery, among which is a bracelet and bronze brooch.
1.1 (bracelets) informal Handcuffs.
Example sentences
  • Very shortly, the officer who had handcuffed Jim removed the bracelets and offered an apology.
  • Moments later, the officer was again slapping a pair of handcuffs on the 23-year-old man, who had apparently just slipped free from bracelets another officer had snapped around his wrists 16 hours earlier.
  • Laguna Beach’s most infamous bad boy got yet another set of matching silver bracelets slapped on his wrists a few days ago, this time for trespassing and assault.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from bras 'arm', from Latin bracchium.

  • Adopted from Old French, from bras ‘arm’, from Latin bracchium. Old French had a special word, brace for ‘both arms, two arms’. This is the source of brace (Middle English) from ‘two’ as in ‘a brace of pheasants’, and also for something that clasps, like the brace on teeth, or that supports. Embrace (Middle English), to clasp in both arms, goes back to the same source.

Words that rhyme with bracelet

playlet • lakelet

Definition of bracelet in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day exemplum
Pronunciation: iɡˈzempləm
an example or model...