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
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Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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

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