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1. A wreath or garland for the head.
2. Roman Catholic Church
a. A string of beads resembling a rosary, used to count iterations in a devotional sequence of prayers.
b. The sequence of prayers counted on such a string of beads.
3. A string of beads.
4. Architecture A small molding carved to resemble a string of beads.

[Middle English chapelet, from Old French, diminutive of chapel, hat, wreath; see chapeau.]

chap′let·ed adj.


1. (Clothing & Fashion) an ornamental wreath of flowers, beads, etc, worn on the head
2. (Jewellery) a string of beads or something similar
3. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church
a. a string of prayer beads constituting one third of the rosary
b. the prayers counted on this string
4. (Architecture) a narrow convex moulding in the form of a string of beads; astragal
5. (Metallurgy) a metal support for the core in a casting mould, esp for the core of a cylindrical pipe
[C14: from Old French chapelet garland of roses, from chapel hat; see chapeau]
ˈchapleted adj


(ˈtʃæp lɪt)

1. a wreath or garland for the head.
2. a string of beads.
a. a string of beads, one-third of the length of a rosary, for counting prayers.
b. the prayers recited over such beads.
4. a small molding carved to resemble a string of beads; astragal.
[1325–75; Middle English chapelet wreath < Old French. See chapeau, -et]
chap′let•ed, adj.


 a string of beads or a garland, or something that resembles it; a rosary, hence, the prayers recited over it.
Examples: chaplet of beads, 1653; of domestic affections, 1827; of flowers, 1590; of olive leaves, 1839; of prayers; of precious stones, 1450; of roses, 1711; of sharp nettles, 1480; of toad’s eggs, 1835; of laurel, 1691; of rue, 1864.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chaplet - flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposeschaplet - flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
crown - a wreath or garland worn on the head to signify victory
floral arrangement, flower arrangement - a decorative arrangement of flowers
bay wreath, laurel wreath, laurel - (antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory


[ˈtʃæplɪt] Nguirnalda f, corona f de flores; (= necklace) → collar m (Rel) → rosario m


n (of flowers etc)Kranz m
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Models of cannon, bronze castings, sights covered with dents, plates battered by the shots of the Gun Club, assortments of rammers and sponges, chaplets of shells, wreaths of projectiles, garlands of howitzers-- in short, all the apparatus of the artillerist, enchanted the eye by this wonderful arrangement and induced a kind of belief that their real purpose was ornamental rather than deadly.
Apart, in separate compartments, were spread out chaplets of pearls of the greatest beauty, which reflected the electric light in little sparks of fire; pink pearls, torn from the pinna-marina of the Red Sea; green pearls, yellow, blue, and black pearls, the curious productions of the divers molluscs of every ocean, and certain mussels of the water courses of the North; lastly, several specimens of inestimable value.
Chaplets too, resembling in their arrangement the strawberry coronal worn by an English peeress, and composed of intertwined leaves and blossoms, often crowned their temples; and bracelets and anklets of the same tasteful pattern were frequently to be seen.
But Agamemnon was wroth, and bade him depart and not come again, lest the staff and chaplets of the God should be of no avail to him-- the daughter of Chryses should not be released, he said-- she should grow old with him in Argos.
The root of the plant is not unsightly to science, though for chaplets and festoons we cut the stem short.
See that chaplet dipped with pearls beside the quinine-bottle.
Disinherited Knight,'' said Prince John, ``since by that title only you will consent to be known to us, we a second time award to you the honours of this tournament, and announce to you your right to claim and receive from the hands of the Queen of Love and Beauty, the Chaplet of Honour which your valour has justly deserved.
All the Beyond was hers with its possibilities lurking rosily in the oncoming years--each year a rose of promise to be woven into an immortal chaplet.
He had immoderately praised the effect of the yellow blossoms against her brown tresses; and she had left the chaplet there, and walked back to the house swinging her straw sailor in her hands.
I encountered a chaplet or string of miserable and unfortunate people, and did for them what my sense of duty demands of me, and as for the rest be that as it may; and whoever takes objection to it, saving the sacred dignity of the senor licentiate and his honoured person, I say he knows little about chivalry and lies like a whoreson villain, and this I will give him to know to the fullest extent with my sword;" and so saying he settled himself in his stirrups and pressed down his morion; for the barber's basin, which according to him was Mambrino's helmet, he carried hanging at the saddle-bow until he could repair the damage done to it by the galley slaves.
Save for a narrow breech-clout, a pair of ear-plugs, and about his kinky hair a chaplet of white cowrie-shells, he was naked.
Then she knelt down at the edge of the stream and amused herself, like a child, in casting in her long tresses and pulling them abruptly out, to watch the shower of drops that glittered down, looking, as the sunlight struck athwart them, like a chaplet of pearls.