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[am-yuh-lit] /ˈæm yə lɪt/
a small object worn to ward off evil, harm, or illness or to bring good fortune; protecting charm.
1595-1605; (< Middle French amulete) < Latin amulētum
talisman. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for amulets
  • Attendees were handed red plastic amulets to be worn around the neck.
  • They carry amulets, clubs, and locally made hunting rifles.
  • To arm itself for possible war, the land of lamas prepared both guns and amulets.
  • Some of the previously unreadable lines seemed to remove any doubt about the purpose of the silver scrolls: they were amulets.
  • However, he soon discovers he's in for a fight because the group has secret talisman amulets that give them special powers.
  • They were sometimes used as amulets or sacred instruments for protection.
  • Displayed are instructions for writing prayers, helpful to the sick, for use in amulets.
  • We are much too busy and progressive, thank you, for the magic charms and potions and amulets that so bedazzled our dim ancestors.
  • amulets are worn routinely by soldiers to ward off bullets, for example.
  • Many thousands of amulets and stamp seals have been excavated that depict the scarab.
British Dictionary definitions for amulets


a trinket or piece of jewellery worn as a protection against evil; charm
Word Origin
C17: from Latin amulētum, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for amulets



mid-15c., amalettys, from Latin amuletum (Pliny) "thing worn as a charm against spells, disease, etc.," of uncertain origin, perhaps related to amoliri "to avert, to carry away, remove." Not recorded again in English until c.1600; the 15c. use may be via French.

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Encyclopedia Article for amulets


an object, either natural or man-made, believed to be endowed with special powers to protect or bring good fortune. Amulets are carried on the person or kept in the place that is the desired sphere of influence-e.g., on a roof or in a field. The terms amulet and talisman are often used interchangeably, but a talisman is sometimes defined as an engraved amulet.

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