lock·​et | \ ˈlä-kət How to pronounce locket (audio) \

Definition of locket

: a small case usually of precious metal that has space for a memento and that is worn typically suspended from a chain or necklace

Examples of locket in a Sentence

She kept her husband's picture in her locket.
Recent Examples on the Web Civil War relics are also on display, including uniforms, cannons, paintings, and even a locket containing a strand of Abraham Lincoln's hair. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 30 Apr. 2022 During the dinner, the host receives a gold locket inscribed with the club's emblem, the Augusta Chronicle said. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 4 Apr. 2022 When opened, the intricately etched locket reveals space for two photographs. Lindsay Talbot, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 Each locket is made from 18k gold, holds two photos, and is adorned with a beautiful array of gemstones. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 9 Nov. 2021 There are locks of Washington’s hair at the Smithsonian and at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and Mount Vernon has about sixty samples, including strands in a gold-and-glass locket. Jill Abramson, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Her dad’s wedding band and mother’s locket, an autograph for her father signed by Neil Armstrong and blank canvases and art supplies filled the space. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 10 Feb. 2022 Jennifer Behr’s locket earrings are the novel choice—one in your ear, the other in theirs. Charlotte Diamond, Vogue, 4 Feb. 2022 The rings and pendants open like a locket, similar to a poison ring—a style that holds something beneath the bezel—a motif that Cassavetes and Makri chose to use throughout the collection. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of locket

1679, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for locket

Middle French loquet latch, from Middle Dutch loke; akin to Old English loc

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10 May 2022

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“Locket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locket. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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lock·​et | \ ˈlä-kət How to pronounce locket (audio) \

Kids Definition of locket

: a small ornamental case usually worn on a chain

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