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[rist-lit] /ˈrɪst lɪt/
a band worn around the wrist, especially to protect it from cold.
a bracelet.
Slang. a handcuff.
Origin of wristlet
1840-50; wrist + -let Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She glanced at the dainty little watch attached to her wristlet, and saw that it lacked a few minutes of five.

  • A wristlet of wood, bone, or leather was worn when the bow and arrows were used.

    Dress design Talbot Hughes
  • On the way back to the other track Malcolm glanced at the luminous face of his wristlet watch.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • Platoon commanders fidgeting with their wristlet watches that seem to tick off the minutes so slowly.

    New Zealanders at Gallipoli Major Fred Waite
  • Canvassers can make a very good profit by selling a patent ladies' folding handbag, also wristlet watches.

  • The men of the last group were now looking anxiously at their wristlet watches, which had been carefully synchronized.

    New Zealanders at Gallipoli Major Fred Waite
  • "We'll risk it now, I think," declared the Hon. Derek as he consulted his wristlet watch.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • At her wedding a Hindu bride must wear a wristlet of nine little cones of silver like the kalas or pinnacle of a temple.

  • I already have a wristlet watchhere he used the conventional lieso there is no use keeping this one.

    Anecdotes of the Great War Carleton Britton Case
  • She drew from her pocket a wristlet of diamonds, which Lois had given her as they parted at Amzi's door.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for wristlet


a band or bracelet worn around the wrist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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