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)