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A.Word.A.Day--chaplet

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This week's theme: words for odds and ends.

chaplet (CHAP-lit) noun

1. A wreath or garland worn on the head.

2. A string of beads.

[Middle English chapelet (wreath), from Old French, diminutive of chapel hat, from Medieval Latin cappellus, from Late Latin cappa (cap).]

See more usage examples of chaplet in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"What was on Hannibal's mind as he drove his elephants over the Alps? Looking good, apparently, because on Hannibal's head was a wig, which he wore into battle to cover his lack of locks. Julius Caesar used his chaplet for the same purpose, the comb-over having not yet been discovered." Jack Reed; Men Want to Look Good, Too; St. Petersburg Times (Florida); Jan 28, 2001.

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