• (British, America) IPA: /ˈbɹeɪslət/, /ˈbɹeɪslɪt/

bracelet (plural bracelets)

  1. A band or chain worn around the wrist as jewelry/jewellery or an ornament.
  2. The strap of a wristwatch, used to secure it around the wrist.
  3. (colloquial, mostly, in the plural) A handcuff.
    • c. 1620, anonymous, “Tom o' Bedlam” in Giles Earle his Booke (British Museum, Additional MSS. 24, 665):
      Of thirty bare yeares haue I
      twice twenty bin enraged,
      & of forty bin three tymes fifteene
      in durance soundlie caged,
      On yͤ lordlie loftes of Bedlam
      with stubble softe & dainty,
      braue braceletts Strong, sweet whips ding dong
      with wholesome hunger plenty
  4. (historical) A piece of defensive armour for the arm.
Translations Translations
  • French: bracelet
  • Russian: брасле́т

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