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noun, plural Kets, (especially collectively) Ket for 1.
  1. a member of an indigenous people of central Siberia, living in widely dispersed communities on tributaries of the Yenisei River, between 60° and 67° N latitude.
  2. the Yeniseian language of the Ket, related only to several now extinct languages of the upper Yenisei.
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Origin of Ket

< Russian < Ket: Ket, man, human being
Also called Yenisei Ostyak.


  1. variant of keto- before a vowel: ketene.
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Examples from the Web for ket

Historical Examples of ket

  • Ket Bogha stopped pacing and pointed a stubby finger at Qutuz.

    The Saracen: Land of the Infidel

    Robert Shea

  • Pierrotin took Rougeot by the bridle and gave that guttural cry, "Ket, ket!"

    A Start in Life

    Honore de Balzac

  • "Ket, you're the humanest thing I've seen since I left home," she said wistfully.

    The Quirt

    B.M. Bower

  • The note of social equality is struck by Ket throughout the rising.

  • So Logary arose and said, "Ket shall never carve the boar for all of us."