annulet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n annulet a small ring
    • n annulet molding in the form of a ring; at top of a column
    • n annulet (heraldry) a charge in the shape of a circle "a hollow roundel"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Annulet (Her) A little circle borne as a charge.
    • Annulet A little ring.
    • Annulet (Zoöl) A narrow circle of some distinct color on a surface or round an organ.
    • Annulet (Arch) A small, flat fillet, encircling a column, etc., used by itself, or with other moldings. It is used, several times repeated, under the Doric capital.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n annulet A little ring.
    • n annulet Specifically — In architecture, a small projecting member, circular in plan and usually square or angular in section; especially, one of the fillets or bands which encircle the lower part of the Doric capital above the necking: but annulet is often indiscriminately used as synonymous with list, listel, cincture, fillet, tenia, etc.
    • n annulet In heraldry, a ring borne as a charge. It is also the mark of cadency which the fifth brother of a family ought to bear on his coat of arms. Also called anlet. See cadency.
    • n annulet In decorative art, a name given to a band encircling a vase or a similar object, whether solidly painted, or in engobe, or composed of simple figures placed close to each other. Compare frieze.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Annulet a little ring: :
    • Annulet (archit.) a small flat fillet, encircling a column, &c., used either by itself or in connection with other mouldings
    • Annulet (her.) a little circle borne as a charge on coats of arms
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dim. of annulus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. annularis; annulus or anulus, a ring—dim. of anus, a rounding or ring.

Usage

In literature:

See Azure, an annulet argent, p. 48.
"The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition" by Anonymous
Annulet: a small or narrow ring or annulus.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Dymoke, each lyon charged sur l' espale with an Dymoke annulet .
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
Cole of Cornwall bears, inter alia, a =bordure sable=, charged alternately with =bezants= and annulets.
"The Curiosities of Heraldry" by Mark Antony Lower
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