Definition of annulet in English:



  • 1Architecture
    A small fillet or band encircling a column.

    • ‘The numerous shafts in S. Sophia exhibit the remarkable and beautiful structural expedient of surrounding the shafts, both under the capital and above the base, by bronze annulets.’
    • ‘The coloration of the building was far from total. Plain surfaces, as walls, were unpainted. So too were the columns, including, probably, their capitals, except between the annulets.’
    • ‘The columns have annulets above and below a series of small blocks which contain an "X" with dots placed in each of the four angels of the "X."’
    • ‘The Greek Doric column has no base. Its massive shaft, generally treated with 20 flutes, terminates in a simple capital composed of a group of annulets.’
    • ‘The capital, which should be as high as the radius of the bottom of the column, is composed of an abacus, an echinus (a convex moulding with gently swelling curve), and annulets (or rings) next to the column.’
    • ‘In architecture, one of the Greek orders, characterized by columns with no base, with a capital consisting of annulets (necing grooves), an echinus and an abacus.’
  • 2Heraldry
    A charge in the form of a small ring.

    • ‘The Cape Colony (and the Cape Province afterwards) had the annulets in the same field as a rampant lion.’
    • ‘They speculated that since the arms include an annulet, denoting a fifth son, they were probably for the Earl's uncle, William Montagu of Oakley, ‘a shadowy person’ who was the fifth son of Lord Chief Justice Sir Edward Montagu.’
    • ‘The four annulets represent the primary support functions provided by the wing - personnel, facilities, supplies, and air and ground transportation.’
    • ‘The number of annulets in the above coats is evidently not significant and I have varied the barry field to make the design more attractive.’
    • ‘On English arms an annulet was sometimes a sign of the fifth son.’
    • ‘The star and annulets are surrounded by a wreath of laurel which follows the contour of the medal.’


Late Middle English ( annulet): from Old French anelet, from Latin anulus, annulus ring + -et. The spelling change in the 16th century was due to association with the Latin.