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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Synonyms & Antonyms for amulet


charm, fetish (also fetich), mascot, mojo, periapt, 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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To Sterling, the image was an amulet, a prayer frozen in time. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Photo Requests from Solitary Confinement," 8 July 2019 On game day, Ndir wore traditional pagne (loin cloth), with gris-gris (amulets) peppered all over his body. Christian Bobst, National Geographic, "A modern juggernaut with traditional roots: Inside Senegalese wrestling," 26 Mar. 2019 In ancient Egypt, the most important amulet was the scarab, usually modeled after the common Egyptian dung beetle, Scarabaeus sacer. National Geographic, "6 surprisingly lucky animals around the world," 13 Mar. 2019 Near the book, on a velvet tray, were gold earrings and lariats and amulets that chronicled in stones and previous metal both the ancient inspiration and the modern jewelers translation of it. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Lalaounis Has Reissued Jackie Kennedy's Iconic Apollo Earrings," 15 Aug. 2018 Carved amulets, seals, or illustrations of scarabs are common at Egyptian sites, because the god Ra was believed to take the form of a scarab to roll the Sun above the horizon every morning. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Cats, beetles, other mummified animals found—along with a sealed door," 12 Nov. 2018 Pictured above: Hemmerle emerald, agate, and sapphire necklace; diamond and bronze bangle, and earrings, all with ancient Egyptian faiance amulets. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Secret Global Network of Private Super Jewelers," 20 Sep. 2018 Experts, for example, recently unearthed an extremely rare ancient clay amulet with a blessing in Arabic. James Rogers, Fox News, "Exquisite ancient mosaic uncovered in Israel," 31 July 2018 In Greek and many other ancient cultures, the amulet was worn to stave off mystic bad forces in the world. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why Meghan Markle and Camilla Parker Bowles Have Almost Identical Cross Bracelets," 18 July 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 How to pronounce amulet (audio) \

Kids Definition of amulet

: a small object worn as a charm against evil

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