amulet

noun

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

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 The ultimate goal of my life and my art is to be this amulet of hope, this light in the end of this dark tunnel. Corey Seymour, Vogue, 20 June 2024 In the winter, archaeologists announced the discovery of a pristine mural made of shells, stones, minerals and imported tiles near the Colosseum and an ancient Roman burial ground filled with precious jewelry, coins, amulets and pottery fragments in a town north of Rome. Ella Feldman, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2024 In 2024, researchers in central Italy uncovered a cemetery packed with jewelry such as rings, gold necklaces, and amulets, indicating that many of the tombs belonged to some of ancient Rome’s wealthiest elites. Sean Mowbray, Discover Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024 In addition to the ring and amulet, archaeologists found more than 30,000 objects during their excavations, according to officials. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 6 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for amulet 

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Latin amulētum, of obscure origin

First Known Use

1584, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amulet was in 1584

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“Amulet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amulet. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

amulet

noun
am·​u·​let ˈam-yə-lət How to pronounce amulet (audio)
: a small object worn as a charm against evil

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