chap·​let ˈchap-lət How to pronounce chaplet (audio)
: a wreath to be worn on the head
: a string of beads
: a part of a rosary comprising five decades
: a small molding carved with small decorative forms
chapleted adjective

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Examples of chaplet in a Sentence

maidens wove a chaplet of flowers round the champion's head
Recent Examples on the Web Its design encompasses the initial 'E' inside the royal crown, surrounded by a chaplet of roses. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 7 May 2023 Don’t loiter here or come back later, Or the god’s staff and chaplet won’t protect you. Sarah Ruden, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022

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Word History


Middle English chapelet, from Anglo-French, diminutive of chapel hat, garland, from Medieval Latin cappellus head covering, from Late Latin cappa

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chaplet was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Chaplet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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