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A necklace of several rows of gold links, named from its resemblance to the chains of a slave. French esclavage, slavery. By extension, any similar adornment, as triple rows of beads or jewels. Colman and David Garrick in THE CLANDESTINE MARRIAGE (1766) inquire: How d'ye like the style of this esclavage? A time nearer to our own affected the slave anklet, which for a while transferred the application from the physical resemblance to the idea, and was worn as a sign that one's affections were in bondage.
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