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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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Examples from the web for locket
  • 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.
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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