ring·​let | \ˈriŋ-lət \

Definition of ringlet 

1 : a small ring or circle

2 : curl especially : a long curl of hair

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Synonyms for ringlet


curl, frizz, frizzle

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Examples of ringlet in a Sentence

a little girl with perfect, golden ringlets

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Throughout my most formative years, adults would constantly tell me to not to touch my long, brown ringlets, which in turn, only spurred a burning desire to mess with them. Lisa Peterson, Glamour, "I Grew Out My Hair for Months Before My Wedding. I Regret It.," 27 Sep. 2018 On top of that, ringlets tend to tangle easily so necessary precautions must be taken to avoid knots. Devon Abelman, Allure, "11 Curl-Washing Tips From Real Women With Kinky-Curly Hair," 12 July 2018 No one blinked at my ringlets, not even my husband, who’s all too familiar with my straight-hair devotion. Patricia Reynoso, Glamour, "Embracing My Latina Roots Redefined What 'Pelo Bueno' Means to Me," 1 June 2018 Tiffany Pollard’s hands are on either side of a face, pushing her ringlets back from her temples in a pose of distress. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Everybody Loves New York," 31 May 2018 Thomas keeps many of the classic scenes from the book, including Amy’s (Kathryn Newton) pickled lime debacle, Meg’s (Willa Fitzgerald) scorched ringlets, and Beth’s (Annes Elwy) piano recitals for Mr. Laurence. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Little Women for the Instagram Generation," 14 May 2018 Upon arrival at Good Morning America, Washington's lengths were loose, with ringlets falling over her forehead and framing her white mod shades, oversize gold hoop earrings, and swipe of blood orange lipstick. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kerry Washington Just Changed Up Her Hair 4 Times in 24 Hours," 12 Apr. 2018 Her hairstylist Marissa Marino created soft and romantic ringlets that were pulled back into a low chignon. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Just Shared Her Thoughts on Her Met Gala Spray Tan," 9 May 2018 This texture is key to letting my ringlets spring up to their truest potential. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Ouai's New Air Dry Foam Makes My Curly Lob Look Like Instagram Hair," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ringlet

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ringlet was in 1555

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English Language Learners Definition of ringlet

: a long curl of hair


ring·​let | \ˈriŋ-lət \

Kids Definition of ringlet

: a long curl of hair

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obstinately defiant of authority

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