es·​pa·​gno·​lette | \ (ˌ)e¦spanyə¦let, ə̇¦s- \
plural -s

Definition of espagnolette

1 : a fastening for a French door or casement window consisting of a long rod with hooks at the top and bottom of the sash both of which are turned by a single handle to hook around fixed pins in the window frame
2 : a small metal dome with a nipple used as an ornament (as on the top of a cabinet post) in French 18th century furniture making

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History and Etymology for espagnolette

French, from Provençal espagnouleto, diminutive of Old Provençal espanhol Spanish, Spaniard, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin Hispaniolus, from Latin Hispania Spain + -olus -ole

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“Espagnolette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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