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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Example Sentences

maidens wove a chaplet of flowers round the champion's head
Recent Examples on the Web 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 21 Mar. 2023.

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