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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Lauren Valenti, Beauty Writer Shalom Harlow closing the Versace show with a supersize cloud of ringlets! Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Our Very Favorite Moments From the Spring 2019 Collections," 10 Oct. 2018 Soon after, creamy blush and a touch-and-it-will-unravel braid entered the equation, while untamed ringlets, afros of all shapes and sizes, and split ends abounded in Spring 2016. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "9 Times Calvin Klein Turned Minimalist Beauty Into a Major Runway Moment," 11 Sep. 2018 But the the key to creating ringlets like Stefani’s is using the right size curling iron, which in this case is a 5/8-in barrel iron from Hot Tools. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "How It's Done: Gwen Stefani's Voluminous Curly Hair," 13 Apr. 2018 There's Nicole Kidman's curls in Moulin Rouge, Julia Roberts' ringlets in Mystic Pizza, and now, Dakota Johnson's phenomenal hair. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I'm Lowkey Stalking Dakota Johnson's Hair," 12 Oct. 2018 Well In recent years, skyward-reaching ringlets and natural hair have rightly (finally!) become a mark of freedom and individuality on the runway, replacing cookie-cutter uniformity and encouraging legions of women to embrace their true texture. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Top Beauty Trends That Dominated Milan Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 Here, six models share their professional tips for managing ringlets, waves, and full heads of frizz. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Beat the Heat! How 6 Models Maintain Their Signature Spirals," 13 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of ringlet

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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