attelet

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noun at·te·let \ ˈa-tə-ˌlā \

Definition of attelet

plural attelets
:a small, ornamental metal skewer used as decoration when serving food
  • Each pyramid of sandwiches is surmounted by a silver attelet run through a small paper or silk pennon, and bearing the name of the sandwich in silver or gold letters.
  • —Janet McKenzie HillThe Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic EconomicsJune–July 1901
  • Fluted lemon and truffle rounds are strung along a decorative attelet piercing the bird's rump.
  • —Gael GreeneNew York Magazine31 July 1972

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Origin and Etymology of attelet

borrowed from French attelet, hâtelet, going back to Middle French hastelet “skewer of roasted meat”


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