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1A small ornamental case, typically made of gold or silver, worn round a person's neck on a chain and used to hold things of sentimental value, such as a photograph.
- ‘Her hand reached up to her neck, but the chain and the locket were both missing.’
- ‘Around her neck was a golden locket and, at her wrists, were gold bracelets.’
- ‘Her only decorations were a few small jewels in her hair, rose shaped earrings and a small silver locket on a thin chain.’
- ‘She reached us and fingered the silver locket hanging around her neck.’
- ‘From inside my shawl I drew out a gold locket and chain and placed it gently on top of the counter.’
- ‘It was a tiny gold locket on a delicate chain with cursive lines etched into it.’
- ‘Some shops also offer silver earrings and lockets.’
- ‘I sat there staring it down, fiddling with the locket around my neck until I decided I needed to just get it over with.’
- ‘He put his arm around her and let his fingers play with the gold chain of her locket.’
- ‘The oval-shaped locket is nine-carat gold, and is believed to be Victorian.’
- ‘Also on display are stringed natural pearls and chains with lockets that have American diamonds laid on silver plated with gold.’
- ‘But if it doesn't extend to jewelry in general, how about small gold lockets you each wear around your neck inside your clothes with a picture of you both inside the locket, with the wedding date inscribed on the front?’
- ‘She placed the gold locket inside, and closed the lid on the box lovingly.’
- ‘She wore some blue velvet shoes and a silver locket around her neck.’
- ‘I was laughing as well, still unable to believe that I had such a gorgeous chain and locket around my neck.’
- ‘A gold chain with a locket containing a picture of her late husband hung around her neck as it did every day.’
- ‘She placed the chain around her neck and tucked the locket safely inside her blouse.’
- ‘It was a gold necklace, with an exquisite gold chain and heart-shaped locket at the end.’
- ‘Rachel began fingering the gold locket around her neck with her free hand as she spoke again.’
- ‘There were twelve individual zodiac signs carved into the gold lockets.’
2A metal plate or band on a scabbard.
Late Middle English (in locket (sense 2)): from Old French locquet, diminutive of loc ‘latch, lock’, of Germanic origin; related to lock. locket (sense 1) dates from the late 17th century.
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