Origin of sett
First recorded in 1870–75; variant of set
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Examples from the Web for sett
"Mattha will sett thee on the road, Robbie," said Mrs. Branthwaite.The Shadow of a Crime
But he tould them he had none; and a ship was sett out on fishing, but after 11.Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'
His sonne will not be at the chardge to sett this up for his father.
But I have spoken to his good daughter to sett his name and obiit.
But me thought it had been proper that a laurell should have been sett on his coffin—which was not donne.Brief Lives (Vol. 1 of 2)
- a small rectangular paving block made of stone, such as granite, used to provide a durable road surfaceCompare cobblestone
- the burrow of a badger
- a square in a pattern of tartan
- the pattern itself
C19: variant of set 1 (n)
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Word Origin and History for sett
see set (n.1).
The extra t is an arbitrary addition in various technical senses, from a lawn-tennis to a granite set. Each class of persons has doubtless added it to distinguish the special sense that means most to it from all others ; but so many are the special senses that the distinction is now no more distinctive than an Esq. after a man's name, & all would do well to discard it. [Fowler]
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