dou·​blet | \ ˈdəb-lət \

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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The image is rather appealing: fool’s cap and bells, the Elizabethan doublet, the shrewd old eyes darting about, the voice cackling puns and rhymes, barbs and shafts. Herb Caen, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tag, you’re it!, Herb Caen, 1976," 21 Mar. 2018 Layered underneath is a jerkin, a close-fitting jacket, with a red horizontal brocade and doublet. Liesl Bradner,, "A rare chance to see this Rembrandt self-portrait, up close and personal," 10 Feb. 2018 All those plumed headpieces and richly textured gowns, those snug doublets flared at the waist, could have come straight out of the Sun King’s courtly entertainments. John Von Rhein,, "Delightful score, staging rescue Haymarket Opera's 'Ariane'," 1 Oct. 2017 And its look should be a bit different from dudes in doublets. ‘ James Hebert,, "Broadway costume ace is back home with Globe's 'Robin Hood'," 12 Aug. 2017 Shakespeare himself is the villain, a rockstar in a tight, shiny doublet with a spiky metal collar. Christine Pivovar, kansascity, "A polished ‘Something Rotten’ at Starlight charms with a wink and plenty of laughs," 26 July 2017 The tiny pendants on Tea Flower’s tutu and the gorgeous chocolate doublet, hose, boots and cloak of Cocoa’s attire are among the my favorite marvels here. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: Ratmansky’s Confectionery Shop Also Serves Ballet Poetry," 16 Mar. 2017 Among the artifacts missed by the early-1900s digs is a wooden doublet button covered with silver thread — a good indicator of the owner’s high status, says senior archaeologist Mary Anna Hartley, who is leading the excavation team. Mark St. John Erickson,, "Saving a one-of-a-kind gravestone at historic Jamestown," 20 May 2017 Even royalty recycled their clothes, either giving them away or turning their old doublets and dresses into things like cushion covers, Lynn tells Rayner. Danny Lewis, Smithsonian, "This Altar Cloth Might Have Been Elizabeth I’s Skirt," 17 Jan. 2017

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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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dou·​blet | \ ˈdə-blət \

Kids Definition of doublet

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


dou·​blet | \ ˈdəb-lət \

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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