-et


a noun suffix having properly a diminutive force (now lost in many words): islet; tablet; midget; plummet.

Nearby words

  1. -ese,
  2. -esis,
  3. -esque,
  4. -ess,
  5. -est,
  6. -eth,
  7. -etic,
  8. -ette,
  9. -eum,
  10. -eur

Compare -ette.

Origin of -et

Middle English < Old French -et (masculine), -ette (feminine)

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British Dictionary definitions for -et

-et

suffix forming nouns

small or lesserislet; baronet

Word Origin for -et

from Old French -et, -ete

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