[ set ]
/ sɛt /


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

Nearby words

  1. seton, saint elizabeth ann,
  2. setose,
  3. setout,
  4. setpoint,
  5. setscrew,
  6. settat,
  7. settecentesque,
  8. settee,
  9. setter,
  10. setting

Origin of sett

First recorded in 1870–75; variant of set Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sett

British Dictionary definitions for sett



/ (sɛt) /


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

Word Origin for sett

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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper