One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A garland or circlet for a person's head.
festoon, lei, wreath, chain, loop, ring, circle, swathe, swagView synonyms
- ‘Improvising hastily, the papal legate Guala is said to have crowned the new king with a chaplet of flowers.’
- ‘The women, their heads surmounted by broad, solid-brass chaplets and their breasts covered with heavy metal necklaces, carry sticks in their right hands like drum majorettes.’
- ‘The Magician himself is a Druid-like wisdom figure, complete with beard, staff, long robe, and chaplet of oak leaves.’
- ‘Cheered by dynastic thoughts, he forgets his disdain for the wedding-favour, a chaplet of carnations, he is obliged to wear.’
- ‘In the Middle Ages young women wore wreaths of gold and eventually gave way to chaplets.’
2A string of 55 beads (one third of the rosary number) for counting prayers, or as a necklace.
strand, rope, necklace, rosaryView synonyms
- ‘A special person or event in the Catholic tradition, or a beloved Catholic devotion inspires the choice of materials for each chaplet or set of rosary beads.’
- ‘Usually no special color is prescribed for the beads of the various chaplets.’
3A metal support for the core of a hollow casting mould.
- ‘If the design is such that there is insufficient support to hold the core in position, then metal supports called chaplets are used.’
- ‘In addition, with the one-piece core, no chaplets are needed to support the core.’
- ‘To this end numerous metal ‘core pins' or ‘chaplets ' are pushed through the wax shell to span the gap between the core and the outer mould.’
Late Middle English: from Old French chapelet, diminutive of chapel ‘hat’, based on late Latin cappa ‘cap’.
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.