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[breys-lit] /ˈbreɪs lɪt/
an ornamental band or circlet for the wrist or arm or, sometimes, for the ankle.
bracelets, Slang. a pair of handcuffs.
Furniture. collar (def 13).
Origin of bracelet
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French; Old French bracel (< Latin brāchiāle, noun use of neuter of brāchiālis brachial) + -et -et
Related forms
braceleted, adjective
unbraceleted, adjective Unabridged
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  • I saw also a large diamond on her bracelet, and one on her finger, where her glove was cut.

    Memoirs of Leonora Christina Leonora Christina Ulfeldt
  • Will you give us each a bracelet of brass as well as the rifles?

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • But it isn't likely anybody would be here while he was out, at the time that bracelet went.

  • You must suppress your gratitude, and endeavour to forget my forbearance in the matter of the bracelet.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Outside the glove of the left hand she wore a bracelet; every time she stirred the stones struck fire in the semi-darkness.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for bracelet


an ornamental chain worn around the arm or wrist
an expanding metal band for a wristwatch
adjective armillary
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from bracel, literally: a little arm, from Latin bracchium arm; see brace
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Word Origin and History for bracelet

mid-15c., from Old French bracelet (14c.), diminutive of bracel, from Latin bracchiale "armlet," from bracchium (see brace (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bracelet



A radio transmitter in a band fitting on the ankle and emitting signals so that the whereabouts of the wearer may be monitored: drug dealer was released on the condition that he wear an ankle bracelet (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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bracelet in the Bible

(1.) Anklets (Num. 31:50; 2 Sam. 1:10), and with reference to men. (2.) The rendering of a Hebrew word meaning fasteners, found in Gen. 24:22, 30, 47. (3.) In Isa. 3:19, the rendering of a Hebrew word meaning chains, i.e., twisted or chain-like bracelets. (4.) In Ex. 35:22 it designates properly a clasp for fastening the dress of females. Some interpret it as a nose-ring. (5.) In Gen. 38:18, 25, the rendering of a Hebrew word meaning "thread," and may denote the ornamental cord with which the signet was suspended from the neck of the wearer. Bracelets were worn by men as well as by women (Cant. 5:14, R.V.). They were of many various forms. The weight of those presented by Eliezer to Rebekah was ten shekels (Gen. 24:22).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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