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Chapelet \Chap"e*let\, n. [F. See Chaplet.]

  1. A pair of straps, with stirrups, joined at the top and fastened to the pommel or the frame of the saddle, after they have been adjusted to the convenience of the rider.

  2. A kind of chain pump, or dredging machine.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French chapelet (Old North French capelet) "garland, rosary," properly "a small hat," diminutive of chape, chapeau "headdress, hood, hat" (see chapeau).


n. 1 A garland or circlet for the head. 2 A string of beads, especially when making up five decades of the rosary. 3 A moulding in the form of a string of beads; a bead-moulding. 4 A small chapel or shrine. 5 A bent piece of sheet iron, or a pin with thin plates on its ends, for holding a core in place in the mould. 6 (alternative form of chapelet English) 7 A tuft of feathers on a peacock's head.


n. flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes [syn: wreath, garland, coronal, lei]


A chaplet is a circular wreath or garland for the head, "usually a garland of flowers or leaves", but also of metal or other material; the word is mostly used in medieval contexts. In this context it is also referred to as a corolla.

The word may also refer to:

  • Chaplet (prayer), a string of prayer beads and the associated prayer
  • Chaplet (metallurgy), a metal form to hold a core in place
  • Chaplet (architecture) - A small molding carved into beads
Chaplet (prayer)

A Chaplet is a form of Christian prayer which uses prayer beads. Some chaplets have a strong Marian element, others focus more directly on Jesus or the Saints. Chaplets are "personal devotionals." They have no set form and vary considerably. In the Roman Catholic Church, while the usual five-decade Dominican rosary is a chaplet, often chaplets have fewer beads than a traditional rosary and a different set of prayers. In the Anglican Communion, a chaplet often includes one week of the Anglican rosary.

Usage examples of "chaplet".

Lee to grow grander and more illustrious in defeat than even in victory--grander, because in defeat he showed a spirit greater than in the heroism of battles or all the achievements of war, a spirit which crowns him with a chaplet grander far than ever mighty conqueror wore.

It was not for fame he had wrought, or of fame he had thought, but he won high fame by his generous behavior, for his treatment of his Brescian hosts is still quoted as the rarest deed in his chaplet of good actions.

Their fingers slipped over the beads of the chaplets they wore round their necks, and Domini thought of her rosary.

On that occasion the Earl of Clanricarde eloquently eulogised both the gallant generals whose exploits in the Punjaub had added fresh wreaths to the chaplets of their fame.

Emily quickened her steps, and, winding round the rock, saw, within the sweeping bay, beyond, which was hung with woods from the borders of the beach to the very summit of the cliffs, two groups of peasants, one seated beneath the shades, and the other standing on the edge of the sea, round the girl, who was singing, and who held in her hand a chaplet of flowers, which she seemed about to drop into the waves.

At an enormous height they spread out in chaplets of branches, rounded and adorned at their extremity with alternate leaves.

A special vehicle displayed the more than two thousand chaplets and wreaths made from pure gold which had been given to him by towns and tribes and kings and countries everywhere.

But, although telegrams were wanting, discussions on the course of events were rife on board among the passengers who had embarked at Naples and Civita Vecchia, comprising a strong batch of French and Belgian priests returning from a pilgrimage to Rome, well supplied with rosaries and chaplets blessed by the Pope and facsimiles of the chains of St.

And darkness thick, the three gray women sat, Loose-robed and chapleted with wool and flowers, Purple narcissi round their horrid hair.

The chaplet had twelve great carbuncles in the centre, and went off by gradations into smaller garnets by the thousand.

Pearls of moisture hung in his hair like a chaplet on the brow of a crazed monarch.

Soon, preceded by a band of minstrels, out of the open field comes a lusty company of knights and ladies in green, crowned with chaplets of flowers.

Of divers flowers, made full craftily All in a suit, goodly chaplets they ware.

And those that weare chaplets on their head Of fresh woodbind, be such as never were To love untrue in word, in thought, nor deed, But ay steadfast.

France,' said Rachel, in a cold strange tone, 'and make chaplets of them to lay upon the coffin-lids and the graves.