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'
But I have spoken to his good daughter to sett his name and obiit.
His sonne will not be at the chardge to sett this up for his father.
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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