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 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, "Full power is expected to return to Puerto Rico this weekend after earthquake," 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, "Timothée Chalamet or Tom Hiddleston? Here’s which Henry V is the true king of our hearts (opinion)," 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, "Portraying explorer Juan Cabrillo is second nature for San Diegan," 26 Sep. 2019 Now there are festivals festooned with doublets and hose all around the nation all summer long. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "San Jose Renaissance and Fantasy Faire holds court downtown," 4 Aug. 2019 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, latimes.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Broadway costume ace is back home with Globe's 'Robin Hood'," 12 Aug. 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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The first known use of doublet was in the 14th century

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“Doublet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doublet. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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