lock·​et ˈlä-kət How to pronounce locket (audio)
: 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 Towards the back of the dinner area, there was an engraving site where guests could customize a message on a locket to add to a neck or bracelet. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 8 Feb. 2024 The art work depicts black-and-white photos of young white women in bejewelled lockets. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2024 The text on the paper inside the locket is 'YigxSr'. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 2 Oct. 2023 Rachel Jackson Large Personalized Stellar Star Locket Give the gift of not just jewelry, but also cherished memory with Rachel Jackson’s personalized Stellar Star locket. Angela Lei, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The locket’s chain is adjustable from 20 to 22 inches and optional engraving is free. Sarah Grossbart, wsj.com, 9 Nov. 2023 After moving to Memphis as a high school senior, the fictional Priscilla swaps the girlish locket for a more pious gold cross necklace. Jessica Testa, New York Times, 6 Nov. 2023 This oval locket promises to stay looking lovely over the years, as the brand notes it’s plated with a thicker layer of 18-karat solid gold on sterling silver. Sarah Grossbart, wsj.com, 9 Nov. 2023 Tourist shops sell crucifixes of every size, plates adorned with the Pope, Virgin Mary statues, snow globes, and lockets. Viet Thanh Nguyen, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1679, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of locket was in 1679

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Cite this Entry

“Locket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locket. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


lock·​et ˈläk-ət How to pronounce locket (audio)
: a small ornamental case usually worn on a chain or necklace

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