One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A booth or stall which can be closed or locked up; (in plural, with the) the area of a town where such booths are or were located. Now historical.
2A brooch, usually made of silver, incorporating a design of a heart or two hearts intertwined, and typically given as a token of good luck or love.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Extracts from Records. From lucken + booth; in some forms with alteration after lock.
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