am·​u·​let | \ ˈam-yə-lət How to pronounce amulet (audio) \

Definition of amulet

: a charm (such as an ornament) often inscribed with a magic incantation or symbol to aid the wearer or protect against evil (such as disease or witchcraft)

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a small cross made of goat bone was worn in the Middle Ages as an amulet to ward off evil
Recent Examples on the Web The gold foil amulet was just one of several important finds during the dig. Fox News, "Archaeologists in Egypt uncover 2,000-year-old mummy with gold tongue," 5 Feb. 2021 The researchers speculate that the object was an amulet placed near the site of evisceration to offer spiritual protection. Colin Barras, Science | AAAS, "Atom smasher unearths surprises hidden with 2000-year-old mummy," 24 Nov. 2020 His lover, Enid Evans, tied a mauve ribbon to the strut of his airplane, as an amulet. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "A Pilot’s Son Takes Flight," 17 Oct. 2020 Some people from Chiloé even carry a potato in their pocket like an amulet to ward off spells cast by spiteful neighbours. Mark Johanson, The Economist, "Food Mash hits: the land that spawned the supermarket spud," 28 Aug. 2020 The standard prescription, according to Arbøll, was to wear a leather amulet and breathe in smoke from certain ingredients charred on hot coals. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Demon, Immortalized in 2,700-Year-Old Assyrian Tablet, Was Thought to Cause Epilepsy," 3 Jan. 2020 The collection also includes a tenth-century protective amulet fashioned out of a miniature Quran, assorted editions of the Quran, and books decorated with gold leaf embroidery and semiprecious gemstone lapis lazuli. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The National Library of Israel Will Digitize 2,500 Rare Islamic Manuscripts," 10 June 2020 Whatever action or amulet a culture has to summon good and repel evil, their power appears to lie in the mind of the beholder. National Geographic, "From evil eyes to sacred hearts, a look at lucky charms around the world," 9 June 2020 She was covered with amulets and jewelry made of gold and precious stones. National Geographic, "The royal tombs of Ur revealed Mesopotamia's golden splendor," 22 May 2019

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First Known Use of amulet

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amulet

borrowed from Latin amulētum, of obscure origin

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11 Feb 2021

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“Amulet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of amulet

: a small object worn to protect the person wearing it against bad things (such as illness, bad luck, etc.)


am·​u·​let | \ ˈam-yə-lət How to pronounce amulet (audio) \

Kids Definition of amulet

: a small object worn as a charm against evil

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