Definition of amulet in US English:



  • An ornament or small piece of jewelry thought to give protection against evil, danger, or disease.

    • ‘It is thought to be an amulet invoking the protection of the god Woden.’
    • ‘You know some of those are amulets for your protection!’
    • ‘Sorcery was illegal, but there was widespread belief in its efficacy, for good or evil - amulets were worn to counteract it.’
    • ‘Various Buddhist protection beads and amulets hang from the rearview mirror.’
    • ‘Ornaments such as pendants, bead necklaces, and amulets are also known.’
    • ‘She shoved past a merchant selling amulets to ward against evil entities and demonic sprites.’
    • ‘The necklace that I gave you is an amulet with the power to travel through time.’
    • ‘You may have spotted the little stalls on the street, which sell ‘strange’ red and white woollen bracelets, puppets and amulets.’
    • ‘It was rather plain, except for a small amulet which hung from the metallic necklace.’
    • ‘It had no color, just a jewel my mother gave me but when I put the amulet around her neck she disappeared.’
    • ‘Cameos and intaglios were often mounted as rings, worn as amulets or brooches, and sometimes even mounted on elaborate Gospel book covers or reliquaries.’
    • ‘Cat figures also appeared on jewelry and amulets worn for the same purpose.’
    • ‘It is common to wear an amulet or a charm as protection against its powers.’
    • ‘She took off an array of necklaces, charms, and amulets from her neck and began to rummage through them.’
    • ‘Taboos are observed, and charms and amulets are used for protection.’
    • ‘Wrestlers wore amulets to ward off evil spirits and black magic from their opponents.’
    • ‘Her name and image are to be found on magical rings and amulets.’
    • ‘Infants and small children often wear amulets and bracelets to protect them from supernatural forces.’
    • ‘Lucky charms, amulets, and talismans have been found in virtually all civilizations throughout recorded history.’
    • ‘As she left in her borrowed car I smiled knowing my amulet would protect her until she took it off.’
    lucky charm, charm, talisman, fetish, mascot, totem, idol, juju, phylactery
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Late 16th century: from Latin amuletum, of unknown origin.