a noun suffix having properly a diminutive force (now lost in many words): islet; tablet; midget; plummet.
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Origin of -et
Middle English < Old French -et (masculine), -ette (feminine)
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British Dictionary definitions for -et
suffix forming nouns
small or lesserislet; baronet
Word Origin for -et
from Old French -et, -ete
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