the Vietnamese New Year celebration, occurring during the first seven days of the first month of the lunar calendar.

Origin of Tet

From the Vietnamese word tê´t
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  • I'll tet you ben dollars—I mean I'll bet you ten dollars you don't do it!

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish

  • The amulet was the tet, which represented a portion of the body of Isis.

  • “She lie as tet as a toornail,” thought Watty; and he tried to hold his breath as he waited for the bear to come.

    Steve Young

    George Manville Fenn

  • Mennor der erste was genant, Dem diutische rede got tet bekant.

    Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3

    Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.

  • Then Tet and Dik, the half-grown boys, came trooping to see what was happening.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for tet



the New Year as celebrated in Vietnam during the first seven days of the first lunar month of the year

Word Origin for Tet

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Word Origin and History for tet


Vietnamese lunar new year, 1885. The North Vietnamese Tet Offensive in the U.S. Vietnam War began Jan. 30, 1968.

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