[ noun in-let, -lit; verb in-let, in-let ]
See synonyms for: inletinletting on

  1. an indentation of a shoreline, usually long and narrow; small bay or arm.

  2. a narrow passage between islands.

  1. a place of admission; entrance.

  2. something put in or inserted.

verb (used with object),in·let, in·let·ting.
  1. to put in; insert.

Origin of inlet

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at in, let1

Words that may be confused with inlet

Words Nearby inlet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use inlet in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for inlet


  1. a narrow inland opening of the coastline

  2. an entrance or opening

  1. the act of letting someone or something in

  2. something let in or inserted

    • a passage, valve, or part through which a substance, esp a fluid, enters a device or machine

    • (as modifier): an inlet valve

verb(ɪnˈlɛt) -lets, -letting or -let
  1. (tr) to insert or inlay

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