collet

noun
col·​let | \ ˈkä-lət How to pronounce collet (audio) \

Definition of collet

: a metal band, collar, ferrule, or flange: such as
a : a casing or socket for holding a tool (such as a drill bit)
b : a circle or flange in which a gem is set

Examples of collet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next, place an aluminum-oxide grinding stone into the rotary tool and tighten the collet nut. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Your Dull Scissors Back To Work," 21 Jan. 2020 From the plastic collet of the needle came a bloody froth. oregonlive, "The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart," 5 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'collet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of collet

1528, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collet

Middle French, diminutive of col collar, from Latin collum neck — more at collar

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about collet

Time Traveler for collet

Time Traveler

The first known use of collet was in 1528

See more words from the same year

Statistics for collet

Cite this Entry

“Collet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collet. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

Comments on collet

What made you want to look up collet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!