Definitions

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

  • noun A small ornamental case for a picture or keepsake, usually worn as a pendant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small lock; a catch or spring to fasten a necklace or other ornament.
  • noun A little hinged case worn as an ornament, often pendent to a necklace or watchguard, designed to contain a miniature portrait, a lock of hair, or other keepsake.
  • noun That part of a sword-scabbard where the hook is fastened, usually a mounting of metal, secured to or inclosing the scabbard at a point much nearer to the mouth than to the chape.

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

  • noun A small lock; a catch or spring to fasten a necklace or other ornament.
  • noun A little case for holding a miniature picture or lock of hair, usually suspended from a necklace or watch chain.

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

  • noun A pendant that opens to reveal a space used for storing a photograph or other small item.
  • noun archaic The upper metallic cap of a sword’s scabbard.

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

  • noun a small ornamental case; usually contains a picture or a lock of hair and is worn on a necklace

Etymologies

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

[Middle English loket, crossbar, from Old French loquet, latch, diminutive of loc, lock, of Germanic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French loquet, from a diminutive of Anglo-Norman loc.

Examples

  • The locket is just the right size so that when I put it in the palm of my hand and close my fingers around it, it fills my hand.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • They both had necklaces and bracelets, ear-rings and brooches; but Polly had no ornament, except the plain locket on a bit of blue velvet.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • Inside the locket is a picture of Anne and Joseph, who, while having a panic attack, is unable to spell his own name.

    The Empty Frame

  • And so it turns out that RAB really was Regulus Black, and that the locket was the one mentioned in book 5.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

  • And so it turns out that RAB really was Regulus Black, and that the locket was the one mentioned in book 5.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • The locket was the only way I could spirit my message out to you.

    The Ark

  • Yeah, I think the potion around the locket was the Horcrux.

    Just Finished Reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • What you require is the magic locket, which is one of the stray artifacts with imbued talents from the ancient city of Hinge.

    Xone of Contention

  • Her locket was the only thing of any value that she possessed, and no one would want to kill her for the sake of a gold locket when almost every mansion in Mayfair must be loaded down with far costlier jewels.

    One Night for Love

  • What you require is the magic locket, which is one of the stray artifacts with imbued talents from the ancient city of Hinge.

    Xone of Contention

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