noun Chiefly Dialect.

an ant.

Nearby words

  1. emmeniopathy,
  2. emmental,
  3. emmenthal,
  4. emmenthaler,
  5. emmer,
  6. emmet, robert,
  7. emmetropia,
  8. emmett,
  9. emmy,
  10. emmylou

Origin of emmet

before 900; Middle English emete, Old English ǣmette ant




Robert,1778–1803, Irish patriot.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for emmet



British an archaic or dialect word for ant
Cornish dialect a tourist or holiday-maker

Word Origin for emmet

Old English ǣmette ant; related to Old Norse meita, Old High German āmeiza, Gothic maitan



Robert. 1778–1803, Irish nationalist, executed for leading an uprising for Irish independence
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Word Origin and History for emmet



"ant," from Old English æmete (see ant), surviving as a dialect word in parts of England; also, in Cornwall, a colloquial name for holiday tourists.

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