locket NOUN a small ornamental case worn round a person's neck on a chain, ribbon, etc., used to hold an item of sentimental value such as a tiny photograph or a lock of hair.
ORIGIN Old French locquet 'small latch or lock' ; related to LOCK(Cf. ↑locked).

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  • Locket — Lock et, n. [F. loquet latch, dim. of OF. loc latch, lock; of German origin. See {Lock} a fastening.] [1913 Webster] 1. A small lock; a catch or spring to fasten a necklace or other ornament. [1913 Webster] 2. A little case for holding a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Locket — (engl.), kleiner Gegenstand, so ein Kreuz, Herz u. dgl., den man an dem Halzbande trägt …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • locket — (n.) mid 14c., iron cross bar of a window, from O.Fr. loquet door handle, bolt, latch, dim. of loc lock, latch, from Frankish or some other Germanic source (Cf. O.N. lok fastening, lock; see LOCK (Cf. lock) (n.1)). Meaning ornamental case with… …   Etymology dictionary

  • locket — [läk′it] n. [OFr loquet, dim of loc, a latch, lock < Frank * lok, akin to OE loc, LOCK1] a small, hinged, ornamental case of gold, silver, etc., for holding a picture, lock of hair, etc.: it is usually worn suspended from a necklace or chain …   English World dictionary

  • Locket — A locket is a pendant that opens to reveal a space used for storing a photograph or other small item such as a curl of hair. Lockets are usually given to loved ones on holidays such as Valentine s Day and occasions such as Christenings, weddings… …   Wikipedia

  • locket — UK [ˈlɒkɪt] / US [ˈlɑkət] noun [countable] Word forms locket : singular locket plural lockets a piece of jewellery that consists of a very small case that you wear round your neck on a chain. People often keep a photograph of someone who they… …   English dictionary

  • locket — n. a gold; silver locket * * * [ lɒkɪt] silver locket a gold …   Combinatory dictionary

  • locket — [[t]lɒ̱kɪt[/t]] lockets N COUNT A locket is a piece of jewellery containing something such as a picture, which a woman wears on a chain around her neck …   English dictionary

  • locket — noun Etymology: Middle French loquet latch, from Middle Dutch loke; akin to Old English loc Date: 1679 a small case usually of precious metal that has space for a memento and that is worn typically suspended from a chain or necklace …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • locket — /lok it/, n. 1. a small case for a miniature portrait, a lock of hair, or other keepsake, usually worn on a necklace. 2. the uppermost mount of a scabbard. [1325 75; ME lokat cross bar in a framework < AF loquet, dim. of loc latch < ME. See LOCK1 …   Universalium