Main definitions of partlet in English

: Partlet1partlet2

Partlet1

noun

rare, archaic
  • Originally (more fully "Dame Partlet") a name traditionally applied to: a hen. More generally: a hen; (in extended use) a woman.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. Origin uncertain; perhaps humorously from pert + -elot, diminutive suffix, to resemble a (fictitious) Middle French female forename.

Pronunciation

Partlet

/ˈpɑːtlɪt/

Main definitions of partlet in English

: Partlet1partlet2

partlet2

noun

historical, archaic
  • An item of clothing worn over the neck and upper part of the chest, especially by women to cover a low décolletage. Also (occasionally): a bodice or chemisette.

Origin

Early 16th century; earliest use found in Acts of Parliament. Origin uncertain; perhaps alteration of patlet, or perhaps from Partlet, with reference to the feathers round the neck of some hens.

Pronunciation

partlet

/ˈpɑːtlɪt/