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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Bracelet (2)

(Sept. χλίδων ), a name, in strict propriety, as applicable to circlets worn on the upper part of the arm as to those worn on the wrist; but it is practically so exclusively used to denote the ornament of the wrist, that it seems proper to distinguish by armlet (q.v.) the similar ornament which is worn on the upper arm. (See ANKLET). There is also this difference between them, that in the East bracelets are generally worn by women, and armlets only by men, The armlet, however, is in use among men only as one of the insignia of sovereign power. The term " armlet" should also perhaps be regarded as properly designating such as consist of a complete circle, while "bracelet" more appropriately refers to those with an opening or clasp to admit of passing more readily over the hand; but as the other distinction is neglected in the Auth. Vers. (as in common use), so this does not appear to be observed in the ornaments of this description delineated on the ancient monuments, where we find both kinds used almost indifferently both for the wrist and upper part of the arm.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Bracelet (2)'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/b/bracelet-2.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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