Definition of carcanet in US English:

carcanet

noun

archaic
  • A necklace or ornamental collar, typically made of gold or set with jewels.

    • ‘Why do you rob us of our ruffs, of our earrings, carcanets, of our fans and feathers?’
    • ‘A close ruff and wristlets, a ruby and gold carcanet, and a jewelled girdle complete this rich and dignified dress.’
    • ‘She bestowed upon Gertrude a beautiful carcanet of pearls.’
    • ‘She has an immense double chain and a rich carcanet and bracelets.’
    • ‘If only the Bishop were to die through some witchcraft, she would be able to take possession of the rings, the pendants and carcanets.’
    chain, choker, necklet, beads, pearls, pendant, locket
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from French carcan ‘iron collar’ + -et.

Pronunciation

carcanet

/ˈkärkənet/