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  1. Also called pitcher. a small, rectangular paving stone.
  2. Also called stake. a handheld tool that is struck by a hammer to shape or deform a metal object.
  3. Also set. the distinctively colored pattern of crisscrossed lines and stripes against a background in which a Scottish tartan is woven.
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Origin of sett

First recorded in 1870–75; variant of set
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Examples from the Web for sett

Historical Examples

  • "Mattha will sett thee on the road, Robbie," said Mrs. Branthwaite.

    The Shadow of a Crime

    Hall Caine

  • But he tould them he had none; and a ship was sett out on fishing, but after 11.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for sett



  1. a small rectangular paving block made of stone, such as granite, used to provide a durable road surfaceCompare cobblestone
  2. the burrow of a badger
    1. a square in a pattern of tartan
    2. the pattern itself
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Word Origin

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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