[ noun in-let, -lit; verb in-let, in-let ]
/ noun ˈɪn lɛt, -lɪt; verb ˈɪnˌlɛt, ɪnˈlɛt /


an indentation of a shoreline, usually long and narrow; small bay or arm.
a narrow passage between islands.
a place of admission; entrance.
something put in or inserted.

verb (used with object), in·let, in·let·ting.

to put in; insert.

Origin of inlet

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

Can be confused

bay cove gulf inlet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inlet


noun (ˈɪnˌlɛt)

a narrow inland opening of the coastline
an entrance or opening
the act of letting someone or something in
something let in or inserted
  1. a passage, valve, or part through which a substance, esp a fluid, enters a device or machine
  2. (as modifier)an inlet valve

verb (ɪnˈlɛt) -lets, -letting or -let

(tr) to insert or inlay
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Medicine definitions for inlet


[ ĭnlĕt′, -lĭt ]


A passage leading into a cavity.
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