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Meaning of PARTLET

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Part"let\, n. [Dim. of part.]
1. A covering for the neck, and sometimes for the shoulders
   and breast; originally worn by both sexes, but laterby
   women alone; a ruff. [Obs.] --Fuller.

2. A hen; -- so called from the ruffing of her neck feathers.
   ``Dame Partlett, the hen.'' --Shak.

 

 

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