noun Etymology: French, from diminutive of cul backside, from Latin culus; akin to Old Irish cúl back Date: 1678 1. the small flat facet at the bottom of a brilliant parallel to the table — see brilliant illustration 2. plate armor covering the buttocks

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  • culet — [kyo͞o′lit, kyo͞o′let΄] n. [OFr, dim. of cul, posterior, bottom < L culus, anus < IE base * (s)keu , to cover < SKY, HIDE1] the flat base of a gem whose face is cut as a brilliant: see GEM …   English World dictionary

  • Culet — For the element of plate armour, see Culet (armour). In gemology, a culet is a flat face on the bottom of a gemstone. During the 14th century, after the adoption of the table cut, a further facet was added to the bottom of the cut parallel to the …   Wikipedia

  • culet — /ˈkjulət/ (say kyoohluht) noun 1. the small flat face forming the bottom of a brilliant. 2. the part of medieval armour protecting the back of the body below the waist. {French (obsolete), diminutive of cul bottom, from Latin cūlus. Compare… …   Australian English dictionary

  • culet — /kyooh lit/, n. 1. Jewelry. a small face forming the bottom of a faceted gem. 2. Armor. a piece below the backplate, composed of lames and corresponding to the fauld in front. [1670 80; < F (obs.), equiv. to cul bottom ( < L culus buttocks) + et… …   Universalium

  • culet — noun a) A component of armor, consisting of overlapping plates designed to protect the buttocks. The Turk prosecuted his advantage to the uttermost of his power; yet the other [...] not onely avoided the Turkes violence, but having drawne his… …   Wiktionary

  • culet — cu|let Mot Agut Nom masculí …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • culet — cu·let …   English syllables

  • culet — cu•let [[t]ˈkyu lɪt[/t]] n. 1) jew the flat bottom surface of a faceted gemstone, parallel to the girdle 2) her plate armor for the haunches • Etymology: 1670–80; < F (obs.) =cul bottom (< L cūlus buttocks) + et et …   From formal English to slang

  • culet — ˈkyülə̇t noun ( s) Etymology: French, diminutive of cul bottom, backside, from Latin culus; akin to Old Frisian skūl hiding place, Middle Low German schūl, Old Norse skjōl hiding place, refuge, barn, Old Irish cūl hiding place, Welsh cil, Old… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Culet (armour) — A culet is a piece of plate armour consisting of small, horizontal lamés that protect the small of the back or the buttocks.[1] References ^ Pictorial glossary of armor …   Wikipedia

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