from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long, spirally curled lock of hair.
- n. A small circle or ring.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small ring.
- n. A lock, tress.
- n. A brown butterfly with numerous small rings on under wings, Aphantopus hyperantus, of the family Nymphalidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small ring; a small circle; specifically, a fairy ring.
- n. A curl; especially, a curl of hair.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A circle, in a poetical or unusual sense; a ring other than a finger-ring: used loosely.
- n. A curl of hair; usually, a long and spirally curled lock, as distinguished from one of the small naturally curled locks of short hair.
- n. An English collectors' name for certain satyrid butterflies: thus, Epinephele hyperanthus is the ringlet, and Cœnonympha tiphon is the small ringlet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various butterflies belonging to the family Satyridae
- n. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
- n. a strand or cluster of hair
- n. a small ring
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She wears one long ringlet (presumably one on each side); and this ringlet is a characteristic feature of female heads in archaic Greek art.
But the dreadlocks look — an intense kind of ringlet where strands fuse into a flail of single ropes — is really West Indian in origin.
None so keen as these young misses to know an inward movement by an outward sign of adornment: if they have not as many signals as the ships that sail the great seas, there is not an end of ribbon or a turn of a ringlet which is not a hieroglyphic with a hidden meaning to these little cruisers over the ocean of sentiment.
A silver-washed fritillary – all tawny orange with black cryptic wing texts and flashes of mother-of-pearl – flew in and was immediately mobbed by ringlet and meadow-brown butterflies.
These last few have been days to hold on to: bright sunshine through fat-bottomed clouds; ringlet butterflies flickering over flowering grasses; yellow-and-black-banded cinnabar moth caterpillars twitching as they spun threads to tie themselves to ragwort; bright pink lip-gloss heads of pyramidal orchids – these things once observed becoming dearly held.
She always felt sorry for Mamie Eisenhower whenever she was photographed in a hat perched over her jauntily sad, ringlet-like bangs.
She watched in her huge dressing-table mirror as one of the maids pulled a ringlet down to its full length, each hair gleaming like gold.
First, I think some of your facts are wrong -- I've been to Corfu (just north of the ionians) and seen women with sandy blond hair and ringlet curls who could have stepped right off a classical vase.
Each night its General Assembly convenes at the park's Eastern end where anyone can address the crowd while everyone else in and around the ringlet repeats what is being said so those further from the speaker can hear.
I went up Irton Pike to see the rare butterfly that is a speciality of these fells: the mountain ringlet, first sighted on Red Screes in the 1800s.