One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A circular band, typically one made of precious metal, worn on the head as an ornament.
ring, round, band, hoopView synonyms
- ‘Her deep black hair formed a braided circlet around her head.’
- ‘And every night we wore these golden circlets when we sat at table in the hall.’
- ‘He was wearing a bronze loincloth and a bronze circlet of thorns.’
- ‘A circlet of silver bound around her head kept her dark brown curls out of her eyes.’
- ‘A circlet rested atop his head, and was adorned with a single, four-pointed star.’
- ‘Kuja yanked the red jewel and pearls off her circlet, leaving only a black band, and stuffed it in her bag.’
- ‘He was obviously a noble of some sort, with a thin circlet around his head.’
- ‘The headdress was a golden circlet with silvery strings flowing off it.’
- ‘She appeared wearing a magnificent green velvet gown richly adorned and a golden circlet was upon her head.’
- ‘She wears a long veil with a circlet of flowers round her head.’
- ‘She then pulled the circlet off her head and threw it across the passage.’
- ‘Both ladies were wearing slim gold circlets studded with diamonds, which marked them as princesses.’
- ‘A golden circlet crowned his head with four perfect diamonds that sat with equal spacing in it.’
- ‘They looked like angels, wearing robes of white and gold, with golden circlets atop their heads.’
- ‘Delicate fresh garlands of these enchanting blossoms were also fashioned into elegant little circlets, then attached to bridal veils.’
- ‘Her hands nervously adjusted the folds of her gown and the circlet against her hair.’
- ‘Her gown was simple, and she wore the matching circlet.’
- ‘She helped me get dressed in one of the elaborate straight white gowns and placed a silver circlet on my head after brushing my long hair.’
- ‘Some women wear a shayla, a black gauzy scarf wrapped around the head and held in place by a variety of hats, head circlets, or jewelry.’
- ‘I wore a gold circlet around my head instead of a veil.’
- 1.1 A small circular arrangement or object.
coronet, diadem, tiara, chaplet, fillet, wreath, garland, headbandView synonyms
- ‘The mouth of most echinoids is provided with five hard teeth arranged in a circlet.’
- ‘Despite the dearth of light, his pupils were the size of pin-pricks, and were ringed in jagged circlets of gold.’
Late Middle English: from circle + -et, perhaps reinforced by archaic French cerclet.
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