armlet

/ahrm"lit/, n.
1. an ornamental band worn on the arm, esp. a bracelet worn high on the arm, rather than on the wrist.
2. a little inlet or arm: an armlet of the sea.
[1525-35; ARM1 + -LET]

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      decorative band, usually of gold, silver, or other metal and sometimes featuring precious gems, worn for ornament around the arm, especially the upper arm. Armlets have been worn since ancient times: in Assyrian art, for instance, deities, monsters, and men are shown wearing armlets.

      Several fine examples of armlets are included in the Oxus treasure, a collection of Persian art of the Achaemenidian period (6th–4th century BC) now in the British Museum, London. One of the armlets consists of a circular gold band with its two ends meeting in the form of finely worked griffins. Armlets are especially popular in the East, particularly in India.

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  • Armlet — Arm let, n. [Arm + let.] 1. A small arm; as, an armlet of the sea. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. An arm ring; a bracelet for the upper arm. [1913 Webster] 3. Armor for the arm. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • armlet — (n.) 1530s, dim. of ARM (Cf. arm) (n.1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • armlet — [ärm′lət] n. [ ARM1 + LET] 1. a band worn for ornament around the arm, esp. the upper arm 2. a small, narrow, deep arm or inlet of the sea …   English World dictionary

  • armlet — /ˈamlət/ (say ahmluht) noun 1. an ornamental band worn on the arm. 2. a little arm: an armlet of the sea …   Australian English dictionary

  • armlet — noun Date: 1535 1. a band (as of cloth or metal) worn around the upper arm 2. a small arm (as of the sea) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • armlet — noun /ˈɑːmlət/ a) A band that is worn on the arm that for ornamental or identification purposes. b) A small arm, having to do with the sea …   Wiktionary

  • armlet — arm·let || ɑːmlɪt n. ornamental band worn around the upper arm, arm band …   English contemporary dictionary

  • armlet — noun a bracelet worn round the upper arm …   English new terms dictionary

  • armlet — arm·let …   English syllables

  • armlet — arm•let [[t]ˈɑrm lɪt[/t]] n. 1) jew an ornamental band worn high on the arm 2) a small inlet or arm, as of the sea • Etymology: 1525–35 …   From formal English to slang

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