amulet

noun
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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Recovered grave goods from the two tombs included a golden seal ring and a golden amulet of an ancient Egyptian goddess, highlighting Bronze Age trade and cultural links. Washington Post, "Archaeologists in Greece find 3,500-year-old royal tombs," 17 Dec. 2019 Archaeologists think people may have carried sealstones as amulets. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists unearth gold-lined Mycenaean royal tombs in Greece," 21 Dec. 2019 The cache also holds amulets, mummy masks and papyrus scrolls covered in drawings of the goddess Tawert. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Reveal Rare Mummified Lion Cubs Unearthed in Egypt," 26 Nov. 2019 Made of amethyst, bone, faience, glass, turquoise, and umber, and including phallic amulets, scarabs, a woman, a dancing satyr, and a head of Dionysus, they are thought to be the treasure box of a sorceress. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 28 Oct. 2019 His compatriot Mo Bahc, also a resident in New York at the time, designed an amulet and sent it to six heads of state. J.u-s., The Economist, "South Korean artists explore the DMZ," 22 Oct. 2019 As a student at the local university, Ayala discovered three mystical tiger amulets that when worn together gave him enhanced strength and abilities. Teen Vogue, "Latinx People Helped Build the World of Comic Books — While Often Being Left Out of the Pages," 10 Oct. 2019 Other items with mystical uses are a divination tapper and protective amulets. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "UConn’s Benton museum infused with spirit of Africa," 26 Aug. 2019 Over dumpling soup and platters of chicken, Rabbi Weisberg tells us that the same blessing was found etched onto a 2,800-year-old silver amulet excavated at an archaeological site only a few miles from the apartment. David Degner, Smithsonian, "Two Tour Guides—One Israeli, One Palestinian—Offer a New Way to See the Holy Land," 9 July 2019

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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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The first known use of amulet was in 1584

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24 Jan 2020

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“Amulet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amulet. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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amulet

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How to pronounce amulet (audio)

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.)

amulet

noun
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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