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[lok-it] /ˈlɒk ɪt/
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.
Origin of locket
1325-75; Middle English lokat cross-bar in a framework < Anglo-French loquet, diminutive of loc latch < Middle English. See lock1, -et Unabridged
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  • The jury, wide-awake now, passed the locket along, with many sly nods and a few whispered words.

    That Affair Next Door Anna Katharine Green
  • It was to find this locket that I left my brother and came here.

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • As the locket opened for his strong thumb-nail, Daisy gave out a little sound as of pain.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • It was a locket containing some of Josephine's hair and Camille's.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • They were in too much haste to get to the other places where it might be possible that Betty had dropped her locket.

  • I opened the till, and found there a locket, attached to a string of beads.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • He opened a locket and showed us the full face of a very lovely woman.

  • Daisy turned the key on the locket and wondered what color the hair was.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • But when he looked into the locket, he saw the same face that was looking at him from across the room.

British Dictionary definitions for locket


a small ornamental case, usually on a necklace or chain, that holds a picture, keepsake, etc
Word Origin
C17: from French loquet latch, diminutive of loclock1
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Word Origin and History for locket

mid-14c., "iron cross-bar of a window," from Old French loquet "door-handle, bolt, latch," diminutive of loc "lock, latch," from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old Norse lok "fastening, lock;" see lock (n.1)). Meaning "ornamental case with hinged cover" (containing a lock of hair, miniature portrait, etc.) first recorded 1670s.

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