a small cloud.

Origin of cloudlet

First recorded in 1780–90; cloud + -let Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cloudlet

Historical Examples of cloudlet

  • Not a leaf the less on the ground, not a cloudlet in the sky.

    The Bird

    Jules Michelet

  • Farwell looked towards the ceiling through a cloudlet of smoke.

    A Bed of Roses

    W. L. George

  • Lillias pointed to the bird, diminished almost to a speck, but relieved by the red light against a minute cloudlet.

  • Far down the line shone a cloudlet of white smoke and the gleam of brass through the dust.

    Tommy Wideawake

    H. H. Bashford

  • And in your eye—floateth there not a cloudlet of unforgotten earthly bliss?

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche

British Dictionary definitions for cloudlet



a small cloud
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cloudlet

1788, from cloud (n.) + diminutive suffix -let.

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