Definition of pricket in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprikit/


1A male fallow deer in its second year, having straight, unbranched horns.
Example sentences
  • A young pricket approaches and the buck reacts violently.
  • I had a white fallow pricket on the estate I'd keepered before this one, and he was gorgeous, didn't stand out as much as you might imagine in the undergrowth either.
2 historical A spike for holding a candle.
Example sentences
  • The earliest candlesticks held candles on a pricket (pointed spike) and are attributed to the 16th century.
  • Before the 17th century, when molded candles were introduced, beeswax candles were always fixed to prickets, or spikes.


Late Middle English: from prick + -et1.

Words that rhyme with pricket

cricket, midwicket, picket, picquet, piquet, snicket, thicket, ticket, wicket
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