Definition of pentacle in US English:

pentacle

noun

  • 1A talisman or magical object, typically disk-shaped and inscribed with a pentagram or other figure, and used as a symbol of the element of earth.

    • ‘If we keep speaking out when a movie falsely uses a pentacle or a talk show falsely references a Wiccan term, there is a chance for a better and brighter tomorrow!’
    • ‘For instance, when I was at a dance recital the director asked me to take off my necklace (which had a pentacle on it) because we shouldn't have jewelry on.’
    • ‘The next piece of advice I have is: If you're going to wear a pentacle or any kind of symbol of who you are, don't change your behavior in any way.’
    • ‘Wear your pentacle with pride if that's what you want to do, but please be prepared for the questions and comments that are bound to come from somewhere.’
    • ‘They've seen me wearing my pentacle, and they've seen the books I carry around, but I think they choose to look the other way.’
    • ‘When I looked, I was holding a medallion that consisted of a pentacle - the symbol of my faith - within a circle and triangle - the symbol of recovery.’
    • ‘I wouldn't think of waving my blade about in a crowded mall, but my pentacle is also a tool for focus, as well as one meant for protection, and I carry it everywhere.’
    • ‘All too often, it seems, people think that when they put on a pentacle, read a few books and put on some black clothes, that somehow they become Witches.’
    • ‘He mused, eyeing for the first time, the pentacle around my neck.’
    • ‘When I go to school it is with a cross and a pentacle around my neck.’
    • ‘A five-pointed star, the pentagram or pentacle, sometimes has magical and occult associations.’
    • ‘It is not right when a person assumes you're a Satanist because you wear a pentacle.’
    • ‘I wear a pentacle everyday as a symbol of protection and of my faith.’
    • ‘A year ago I had saw him at the carnival and he had asked about my pentacle.’
    • ‘All were of inverted crosses, pentacles and other strange symbols.’
    • ‘To say I'm freaked out is an understatement, but as soon as I left a small drawing of a pentacle in the sand, the other Pagan respectfully stayed away from my area.’
    • ‘It was then I noticed the pentacle around his neck.’
    • ‘Moving and reshaping two elements simultaneously required a pentacle; this he drew in the air with a finger.’
    • ‘Slowly, the masses are being educated through entertainment that the pentacle is merely a symbol that was likewise ‘corrupted’.’
    • ‘Everything from pentacles and talismans to cloaks and incense can be found here at very reasonable prices!’
    1. 1.1
      another term for pentagram
    2. 1.2pentacles One of the suits in some tarot packs, corresponding to coins in others.
      • ‘The 10 of Pentacles is one of the most auspicious cards in the Tarot deck, besides World.’
      • ‘On the Two of Pentacles we see a young man dancing as he juggles his worldly concerns.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from medieval Latin pentaculum, apparently based on Greek penta- ‘five’.

Pronunciation

pentacle

/ˈpen(t)ək(ə)l//ˈpɛn(t)ək(ə)l/