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I talked to my friend about his watch. I used the word "strap" to refer to his watch's strap while he used the word "bracelet."

Is there any difference between these words? Can I use them interchangeably?

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You have to consider these as items without the watch to understand the meaning.

  • A strap is typically a strip of material for attaching things, and often has a buckle

  • A bracelet is an item of adornment, usually closed around the wrist and often made of links

  • A bangle is typically a rigid bracelet, so for some a bracelet by contrast suggests flexibility

Now you attach a watchface and you have the fully meaning. Since the meanings can overlap some cases can fall into more than one category. So for example this semi-bangle watch means a watch set on a rigid semi-circle, but with flexible links at the back, with the whole support described as the strap.

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Straps are usually made of leather or a synthetic fiber material. Bracelets are usually made of metal. Often the word band will be used to represent either, though.

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Well, my interpretation of these two terms is slightly different to the two answers already given.

A strap is usually something that is or can be fastened by means of a clip or buckle.

A bracelet generally isn't fastened (although in some instances it can be) and consists of a circular shape or in terms of a watch probably expandable. Eg. expandable bracelet.

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Two Google image searches (one for "watch bracelet" and the other for "watch strap") would appear to back you up on this. Just saying. –  J.R. Jan 7 '13 at 15:41
@J.R. Curious isn't it that the two answers that aren't necessarily correct by definition have upvotes, yet mine that is probably more definitively correct, has none :) –  spiceyokooko Jan 7 '13 at 16:39

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