at·​te·​let ˈa-tə-ˌlā How to pronounce attelet (audio)
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 Hill, The Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics, June–July 1901
Fluted lemon and truffle rounds are strung along a decorative attelet piercing the bird's rump.Gael Greene, New York Magazine, 31 July 1972

Word History


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

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of attelet was in 1847

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“Attelet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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