a small case for a miniature portrait, a lock of hair, or other keepsake, usually worn on a necklace.
the uppermost mount of a scabbard.

1325–75; Middle English lokat cross-bar in a framework < Anglo-French loquet, diminutive of loc latch < Middle English. See lock1, -et

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locket (ˈlɒkɪt)
a small ornamental case, usually on a necklace or chain, that holds a picture, keepsake, etc
[C17: from French loquet latch, diminutive of loclock1]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "iron cross-bar of a window," from O.Fr. loquet "latch," dim. of loc "lock, latch," from Frank. (cf. O.N. lok "fastening, lock"). Meaning "ornamental case with hinged cover" (containing a lock of hair, miniature portrait, etc.) first recorded 1670s.
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Example sentences
The picture was intended to satisfy his granddaughter's request for an image of him for her locket.
The curls of hair inside the locket were so fine and soft that it was plain they had been taken from two childish heads.
The object seems to be a locket, and is attached to a chain.
They worked in various formats, from locket-size pictures to stereoscopes.
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