from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A charm worn as protection against mischief and disease; an amulet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A charm worn on a necklace; an amulet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A charm worn as a protection against disease or mischief; an amulet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An amulet; a charm worn as a defense against disease or mischief, especially one worn on the person, as around the neck.


French périapte, from Greek periapton, from periaptos, hung around : peri-, peri- + haptos, fastened (from haptein, to fasten).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The periapt is a vital neck slot item which serves as a much needed alternative to the "amulet", "necklace" or "pendant".

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • It is apodeictic that, while perhaps obscure, words like "skirr" and "periapt" serve uniquely expressive purposes and cannot be subrogated by other, more commonplace words.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • They created a unique artifact -- part radio, part recording and playback device, part ... hypnotic periapt, tuned to sniffer brainwaves: the Contequar.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • Some periapt lost in ancient times and just now resurfacing.

    The Silver Spike

  • Almost instantly I discovered that my uncle's periapt was missing.

    Adventure of the Purloined Periapt

  • Perhaps the problem affords nothing in the way of evidence, but I hesitated to go to the police and have the pawn-shops watched, because I do not really know that my uncle's periapt has as much actual value as it has intrinsic value to me.

    Adventure of the Purloined Periapt

  • Pons closed the door behind him, shutting out our client's curious sister, and went directly over to the periapt.

    Adventure of the Purloined Periapt

  • Manifestly Pons had made up his mind to find the purloined periapt, for he smiled and suggested, "Perhaps we ought just to run out to your home and look around a little in the hope of discovering the lost amulet."

    Adventure of the Purloined Periapt

  • But I know my uncle's periapt was on my bureau when I went into the bathroom, and it was not there when I came out.

    Adventure of the Purloined Periapt

  • "So that anyone could have walked into the house and taken the periapt?"

    Adventure of the Purloined Periapt

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  • "Clans have fought and died over this periapt."
    "The Return of the Fire Witch" by Elizabeth Hand, p 217 of Errantry: Strange Stories

    May 1, 2013