am·​u·​let | \ˈam-yə-lət \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for amulet


charm, fetish (also fetich), mascot, mojo, phylactery, talisman


hoodoo, jinx

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Examples of amulet in a Sentence

a small cross made of goat bone was worn in the Middle Ages as an amulet to ward off evil

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Museum collections across North America, for instance, include a dazzling array of objects categorized as whaling amulets. Krista Langlois, Smithsonian, "Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures Who Talk to Whales," 6 Apr. 2018 Coach Ek, as he is called, had moved to the area after several years at a Buddhist monastery around 100 miles south, and was known to sport an amulet widely believed to protect the wearer from harm. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Four Boys Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave," 8 July 2018 Buddha Issara has been charged with the serious crime of forging the late king’s royal insignia to stamp amulets and supporting robbery during demonstrations against Thaksin’s sister. George Styllis, Washington Post, "Thai crackdown targets Buddhist monks amid accusations of embezzlement and fraud," 24 June 2018 The donning of amulets fashioned from dismembered dead animals, like weasel testicles (in the Middle Ages) and mule uteri (in ancient Greece). Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 Archaeologists, for example, recently unearthed an extremely rare ancient clay amulet with a blessing in Arabic. James Rogers, Fox News, "Stunning biblical 'spies' mosaic discovered in Israel," 12 July 2018 The gallery features DeLain’s jewelry including pieces of handblown glass from Murano, Italy, vintage handmade silver from India and Thailand, lapis from Afghanistan, old Buddha amulets from Asia, and vintage porcelain from China. Linda Mcintosh,, "5 new Daughters of the American Revolution," 13 Apr. 2018 Most don white tenugui scarves on their heads and amulets to ward off sharks and evil deities lurking in the sea. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Ise-Shima Peninsula Is a Portal Into Old Japan," 2 June 2017 The exhibit covers the first 1,000 years of Jews in Italy with over 200 artifacts, including manuscripts, medieval documents, epigraphs and objects such as rings, seals, coins, oil lamps and amulets. Sarah Maiellano, USA TODAY, "The best European museum exhibits for spring 2018," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of amulet

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amulet

Latin amuletum

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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 \

Kids Definition of amulet

: a small object worn as a charm against evil

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