1. a small object worn to ward off evil, harm, or illness or to bring good fortune; protecting charm.


  1. a trinket or piece of jewellery worn as a protection against evil; charm

mid-15c., amalettys, from Latin amuletum (Pliny) “thing worn as a charm against spells, disease, etc.,” of uncertain origin, perhaps related to amoliri “to avert, to carry away, remove.” Not recorded again in English until c.1600; the 15c. use may be via French.

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