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[ang-klit] /ˈæŋ klɪt/
a sock that reaches just above the ankle.
an ornamental circlet worn around the ankle.
1810-20; ankle + -let Unabridged
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  • Although it appears to be a ring, the thing is stretchy enough to be a bracelet, or an anklet.
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British Dictionary definitions for anklet


an ornamental chain worn around the ankle
the US word for ankle sock
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Word Origin and History for anklet

"ring for an ankle," 1810, from ankle, with diminutive suffix -let, after bracelet.

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Encyclopedia Article for anklet

in jewelry, bracelet worn around the ankle. Ornamental anklets have been worn for centuries, particularly in the East. Jewelry found in Persia and dating from the end of the 2nd millennium to the 7th century BC includes anklets, some decorated with animals such as an ibex with curving horns. Anklets are still common in India, where they are sometimes adorned with jewels and bells and often hollowed and filled with shot, so as to jangle rhythmically when worn by dancers.

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