from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An ornament worn around the ankle.
  • noun A sock that reaches just above the ankle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A little ankle.
  • noun An ornament for the ankle, corresponding to the bracelet for the wrist or forearm.
  • noun A support or brace for the leg, intended to stiffen the ankle-joint and prevent the ankle from turning to one side.
  • noun An extension of the top of a boot or shoe, designed sometimes for protection to a weak ankle, sometimes merely for ornament.
  • noun A fetter or shackle for the ankles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An ornament or a fetter for the ankle; an ankle ring.
  • noun see anklets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A piece of jewelry/jewellery, resembling a bracelet but worn around the ankle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a shoe for a child or woman that has a strap around the ankle
  • noun a sock that reaches just above the ankle
  • noun an ornament worn around the ankle


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  • The OED associates this with the -let suffix (as opposed to -et), although it's clearly formed through combination with ankle, so some letters have been cut off somewhere to avoid repetition.

    November 10, 2008