doublet

noun

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

Illustration of doublet

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Examples of doublet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gemstones come in pink doublet, red doublet, and mother of pearl. Enjanae' Taylor, Southern Living, 23 Jan. 2024 Aristocratic men and wealthy merchants started donning more body-conscious looks: short, tight doublets, brightly colored woolen tights, and elaborate hoods with dangling tails. Ana María Velasco, National Geographic, 17 Jan. 2024 One of these days the guy with a mustache will begin to rage against those who’ve had the temerity to lash out at him with a sabre and slash him like a Tudor doublet. Paul Muldoon, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 But in the early 2000s, birds from Prince George, British Columbia started singing a new song that ended in a doublet: Oh sweet Cana Cana Cana. Jason P. Dinh, Discover Magazine, 13 July 2022 This hot fluid is produced to the surface through the second well in the doublet. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The gold and silver coins the young man has placed on the table rhyme with the silver and metal brocade of his doublet and the slashed velvet sleeves of the gold dress of the woman beside him. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 Here are some of the best enchanting and moving modern versions of celestial jewelry: Venyx’s opal doublet Galaxy pendant with diamonds set into the stars and around the border. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 15 June 2021 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

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French dublet, from duble

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of doublet was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Doublet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doublet. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

doublet

noun
dou·​blet ˈdəb-lət How to pronounce doublet (audio)
1
: a close-fitting jacket worn by men of western Europe chiefly in the 16th century
2
: one of two similar or identical things

Medical Definition

doublet

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