- 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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Examples from the Web for emmet
Beside the Bishop rode the Prior of Emmet upon a mincing palfrey.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Emerson talks of his titmouse as Raphael talks of his emmet.
He carried his dear friend the Emmet on his back, and a sad journey they had of it, to be sure!The Butterfly's Ball
The cattle have been with Emmet's company from the time they left Nauvoo.William Clayton's Journal
Emmet Prendergast stared at him with a look of amazement on his yellow face.Satan Sanderson
Hallie Erminie Rives
- British an archaic or dialect word for ant
- Cornish dialect a tourist or holiday-maker
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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