One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A little or short leg, especially the leg of a young child.
2A ring or band worn around the leg, typically as an ornamental accessory.
3Each of a pair of coverings for the lower legs. Compare "legging". Now historical.
4Armour. A piece of armour for the (lower) leg.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Blackwood's Magazine. From leg + -let.
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