from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The small flat face at the bottom of a gem cut as a brilliant.
  • n. Armor consisting of overlapping plates used to protect the buttocks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A component of armor, consisting of overlapping plates designed to protect the buttocks.
  • n. A small, flat face at the base of a brilliant-cut gemstone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In armor, that part which protects the body behind, from the waist down.
  • n. In jewelry, the small flat surface at the back or bottom of a brilliant. Also called cullet, collet, and lower table. See cut under brilliant.


Obsolete French, diminutive of cul, rump, from Latin cūlus; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French culet, diminutive of cul ("bottom"), itself from Latin culus ("arse"). (Wiktionary)



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  • A tiny flat facet that diamond cutters sometimes add to the bottom of the stone's pavilion to prevent chipping or damage. The setting itself usually provides enough protection to prevent wear or damage to the pavilion.

    August 4, 2009

  • A facet on the very bottom of a diamond

    September 24, 2007