noun Chiefly Dialect.

an ant.

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 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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