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A small ornamental case for a picture or keepsake that is worn as jewelry, often as a pendant on a necklace.

[Middle English loket, crossbar, from Old French loquet, latch, diminutive of loc, lock, of Germanic origin.]


a small ornamental case, usually on a necklace or chain, that holds a picture, keepsake, etc
[C17: from French loquet latch, diminutive of loc lock1]


(ˈlɒk ɪt)

1. a small case for a miniature portrait, a lock of hair, or other keepsake, usu. worn on a necklace.
2. the uppermost mount of a scabbard.
[1325–75; Middle English lokat cross-bar in a framework < Anglo-French loquet, diminutive of loc latch < Middle English. See lock1, -et]


 group or set of jewels.
Example: locket of diamonds, 1664.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.locket - a small ornamental caselocket - a small ornamental case; usually contains a picture or a lock of hair and is worn on a necklace
case - a portable container for carrying several objects; "the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"
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[ˈlɒkɪt] Nrelicario m, guardapelo m


[ˈlɒkɪt] nmédaillon mlock gate nporte f d'écluse


nMedaillon nt


[ˈlɒkɪt] nmedaglione m (portaritratti)


(lok) noun
1. a mechanism for fastening doors etc. He put the key in the lock.
2. a closed part of a canal for raising or lowering boats to a higher or lower part of the canal.
3. the part of a gun by which it is fired.
4. a tight hold (in wrestling etc).
to fasten or become fastened with a lock. She locked the drawer; This door doesn't lock.
ˈlocker noun
a small cupboard, especially for sports equipment.
ˈlocket (-kit) noun
a little ornamental case hung round the neck. a gold locket containing a piece of his hair.
ˈlocksmith noun
a person who makes and mends locks.
lock in
to prevent from getting out of a building etc by using a lock. She found she was locked in, and had to climb out of the window.
lock out
to prevent from getting into a building etc by using a lock. Don't lock yourself out (of the house) by forgetting to take your key with you.
lock up
1. to confine or prevent from leaving or being taken away by using a lock. to lock up a prisoner / one's jewellery.
2. to lock whatever should be locked. He locked up and left the shop about 5.30 p.m.


قِلَادَة medailon medaljon Medaillon μενταγιόν relicario medaljonki médaillon medaljon medaglione ロケット 로켓 medaillon medaljong medalionik medalhão медальон medaljong จี้ห้อยคอ madalyon mề đay 小盒
References in classic literature ?
He could see her as she unclasped from her neck the locket which she fastened about his own.
After further examination, they burned the cardcase and its contents, all but the bills, and likewise the picture of a little girl in the locket.
There was one where a young lady was at a window looking up at the moon, and tears running down her cheeks; and she had an open letter in one hand with black sealing wax showing on one edge of it, and she was mashing a locket with a chain to it against her mouth, and under- neath the picture it said "And Art Thou Gone Yes Thou Art Gone Alas.
It proved to be a silver chain with a blue enamel locket on it, marked for Emma Jane.
I knew where to find in my drawers some linen, a locket, a ring.
Indeed, I shouldn't have discovered that he had been there, except for the disarrangement of the drapery about the corpse's face, and for observing on the floor a curl of light hair, fastened with a silver thread; which, on examination, I ascertained to have been taken from a locket hung round Catherine's neck.
She showed me his picture as an infant, in a locket, with some of his baby-hair in it; she showed me his picture as he had been when I first knew him; and she wore at her breast his picture as he was now.
She had seen that locket before and it had been hers.
Hetty was not quite as fond of the locket as of the ear-rings, though it was a handsome large locket, with enamelled flowers at the back and a beautiful gold border round the glass, which showed a light-brown slightly waving lock, forming a background for two little dark rings.
And she held up, so that he might see the light through it, a heart-shaped Locket, apparently cut out of a single jewel, of a rich blue colour, with a slender gold chain attached to it.
He opened a locket and showed us the full face of a very lovely woman.
They had a little girl with fair curls, who wore a gold locket and was dressed like a princess.