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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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  • Her bracelets and rings were also all designed in butterflies, in fact everything matched.

    Two Years in the Forbidden City The Princess Der Ling
  • Of course you know the history of this most famous of all bracelets.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • O Laka, give grace to the feet of Pohaku; and to her bracelets and anklets; comeliness to the figure and skirt of Luukia.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii Nathaniel Bright Emerson
  • It is ornamented by gold and silver offerings of trinkets, rings, and bracelets.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • The bracelets are copper rings bent by hammering, so that the two ends meet.

    Primitive Man Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for bracelets


plural noun
a slang name for handcuffs See handcuff (sense 2)


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 bracelets



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 bracelets



A pair of handcuffs •Old-fashioned fetters were so called in the 1600s (1840s+ Underworld)



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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bracelets 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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