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[lok-it] /ˈlɒk ɪt/

a small case for a miniature portrait, a lock of hair, or other keepsake, usually worn on a necklace.
the uppermost mount of a scabbard.
a small ornamental case, usually on a necklace or chain, that holds a picture, keepsake, etc

mid-14c., “iron cross-bar of a window,” from Old French loquet “door-handle, bolt, latch,” diminutive of loc “lock, latch,” from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old Norse lok “fastening, lock;” see lock (n.1)). Meaning “ornamental case with hinged cover” (containing a lock of hair, miniature portrait, etc.) first recorded 1670s.


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