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[ring-lit] /ˈrɪŋ lɪt/
a curled lock of hair.
a small ring or circle.
Astronomy. one of the thin or narrow rings that compose the major rings of Saturn.
Origin of ringlet
1545-55; ring1 + -let
Related forms
ringleted, adjective Unabridged
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  • Not but that she was proud of her hair, wearing it in twists, with one ringlet trailing over the left shoulder.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • It is her boast that no man, save Carmelo, has ever touched so much as a ringlet of her hair.

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • But the scissors were at hand, and the ringlet was cut and in his pocket before she was ready with her resistance.

    Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
  • From this he removed a ringlet of black hair, probably a love-lock of Ellen's.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • For all that, he was a good-looking enough fellow, with a moustache as long and almost as flexible as a ringlet.

  • Impatiently Penny brushed a ringlet of golden hair from her eyes.

    The Secret Pact Mildred A. Wirt
  • "Floy," said Paul, holding a ringlet of her dark hair in his hand.

    Ten Boys from Dickens Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  • Is our modern usage of "ringlet" found before the time of Milton?

  • She admitted the truth, with eyes dwelling on him, until a ringlet got displaced.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • It was the opinion of people that this ringlet betokened King Olaf the Saint.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
British Dictionary definitions for ringlet


a lock of hair hanging down in a spiral curl
any of numerous butterflies of the genus Erebia, most of which occur in S Europe and have dark brown wings marked with small black-and-white eyespots: family Satyridae
Derived Forms
ringleted, adjective
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Word Origin and History for ringlet

1550s, from ring (n.1) + diminutive suffix -let. Of hair, since 1660s. Related: Ringleted.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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