[syn: bracelet, bangle]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bracelet \Brace"let\, n. [F. bracelet, dim. of OF. bracel
armlet, prop. little arm, dim. of bras arm, fr. L. bracchium.
1. An ornamental band or ring, for the wrist or the arm; in
modern times, an ornament encircling the wrist, worn by
women or girls.
2. A piece of defensive armor for the arm. --Johnson.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a band of cloth or leather or metal links attached to a
wristwatch and wrapped around the wrist [syn: watchband,
watchstrap, wristband, watch bracelet, bracelet]
2: jewelry worn around the wrist for decoration [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
53 Moby Thesaurus words for "bracelet":
anklet, armlet, band, bangle, beads, belt, bijou, breastpin,
brooch, chain, chaplet, charm, chatelaine, cincture, cingulum,
circle, collar, collarband, coronet, crown, diadem, earring,
ecliptic, equator, fascia, fillet, finger ring, fob, gem, girdle,
girt, girth, great circle, hoop, jewel, locket, neckband, necklace,
nose ring, pin, precious stone, quoit, rhinestone, ring, stickpin,
stone, tiara, torque, wampum, wristband, wristlet, zodiac, zone
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
(1.) Anklets (Num. 31:50; 2 Sam. 1:10), and with reference to
(2.) The rendering of a Hebrew word meaning fasteners, found
in Gen. 24:22, 30, 47.
(3.) In Isa. 3:19, the rendering of a Hebrew word meaning
chains, i.e., twisted or chain-like bracelets.
(4.) In Ex. 35:22 it designates properly a clasp for fastening
the dress of females. Some interpret it as a nose-ring.
(5.) In Gen. 38:18, 25, the rendering of a Hebrew word meaning
"thread," and may denote the ornamental cord with which the
signet was suspended from the neck of the wearer.
Bracelets were worn by men as well as by women (Cant. 5:14,
R.V.). They were of many various forms. The weight of those
presented by Eliezer to Rebekah was ten shekels (Gen. 24:22).