doublet

noun
dou·​blet | \ ˈdə-blət How to pronounce doublet (audio) \

Definition of doublet

1 : a man's close-fitting jacket worn in Europe especially during the Renaissance
2 : something consisting of two identical or similar parts: such as
a : a lens consisting of two components especially : a handheld magnifier consisting of two lenses in a metal cylinder
b : a spectrum line having two close components
c : a domino with the same number of spots on each end
3 : a set of two identical or similar things: such as
a : two thrown dice with the same number of spots on the upper face
b : one of nine pairs of microtubules found in cilia and flagella
4 : one of a pair specifically : one of two or more words (such as guard and ward) in the same language derived by different routes of transmission from the same source

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Examples of doublet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, the sparrows that came up with the doublet seem tired of their own popular tune, Gizmodo reports. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2020 In 2004, the data shows that about half of the white-throated sparrows in Alberta, the province just east of British Columbia, had picked up the doublet-ending song. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2020 There, overwintering young males from eastern Canada could learn the catchy song with the doublet ending. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2020 In 2004, about half the sparrows in Alberta were singing the new doublet ending, but by 2014, every sparrow in the area had made the shift. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, 2 July 2020 By 2015, every sparrow west of central Ontario was singing the doublet ending. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, 2 July 2020 There a 14% chance of what is called a doublet, which is two large earthquakes of a similar size occurring in a similar location, the USGS said. Meaning there is a case in which the region could see another quake as powerful as 6.4 magnitude. Nicole Chavez, CNN, 10 Jan. 2020 Hiddleston sports a lot of it — from some body-hugging breeches to an assortment of doublets with v-necks deep enough to leave room for someone to draw a map of England on his chest. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 4 Nov. 2019 For 25 years, Donald Valadao has donned a doublet, breastplate, helmet and sword — and stepped into the boots of 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of doublet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for doublet

Middle English, from Anglo-French dublet, from duble

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“Doublet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doublet. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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doublet

noun
dou·​blet | \ ˈdə-blət How to pronounce doublet (audio) \

Kids Definition of doublet

: a close-fitting jacket worn by men in Europe especially in the 16th century

doublet

noun
dou·​blet | \ ˈdəb-lət How to pronounce doublet (audio) \

Medical Definition of doublet

1 : something consisting of two identical or similar parts: as
a : a lens consisting of two components
b : a spectrum line having two close components
2 : a set of two identical or similar things especially : one of nine pairs of microtubules found in cilia and flagella

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