Definition of pricket in US English:



  • 1A male fallow deer in its second year, having straight, unbranched horns.

    • ‘I had a white fallow pricket on the estate I'd keepered before this one, and he was gorgeous, didn't stand out as much as you might imagine in the undergrowth either.’
    • ‘A young pricket approaches and the buck reacts violently.’
  • 2historical A spike for holding a candle.

    • ‘Before the 17th century, when molded candles were introduced, beeswax candles were always fixed to prickets, or spikes.’
    • ‘The earliest candlesticks held candles on a pricket (pointed spike) and are attributed to the 16th century.’
    prong, barb, point, skewer, stake, spit, projection
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Late Middle English: from prick + -et.