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- A dialectal variant of at.
- A suffix of French or other Romance origin, properly diminutive in force, as in billet, billet, bullet, fillet, hatchet, islet, jacket, locket, mallet, pallet, pullet, ticket, etc. In most words of this sort the diminutive force is but slightly or not at all felt in English, and it is no longer used as an English formative, except as in -let. In summit this diminutive suffix appears as -it. In some words, as gannet, hornet, perhaps linnet, etc., -et is of Anglo-Saxon origin.
- A suffix of Latin origin, another form of -ate, -ad, as in ballet, sallet, sonnet, etc. Compare the doublets ballad, salad, sonata.
- From French et, in turn from Latin et (Wiktionary)
“ See Matthiæ, who explains it: "_me et supplicem_, qui mortem deprecetur, _et fortem_, qui mortem contemnat, _dicere licet_.”
“ Jules Simon: _Etudes sur la Théodicée de Platon et d'Aristote_, p. 88, _et al. _; Davidson: _Theism and Human Nature_, p. 45.”
“The idiom is different from the _et pudet et_ construction seen at xv 29 'et pudet et metuo [' I am both embarrassed and afraid '] semperque eademque precari' and _Tr_ V vii 57-58 'et pudet et fateor [' I confess with embarrassment '], iam desuetudine longa/uix subeunt ipsi uerba Latina mihi'.”
“Huic editio_n_i adiect_us_ e_st_ Index re_rum_ et sente_n_tia_rum_ vetr_is_ _et_ noui testame_nti_.”
“Binet, A., _et_ Simon, Th. "Langage et pensée"; in _Année psychologique_ (1908), vol. 14, pp. 284-339.”
“Binet, A., _et_ Simon, Th. "Nouvelle théorie psychologique et clinique de la démence"; in _Année psychologique_ (1909), vol. 15, pp. 168-272.”
“Binet, A., _et_ Simon, Th. "Application des Méthodes nouvelles au diagnostique du niveau intellectuel chez des enfants normaux et anormaux d'hospice et d'école primaire"; in _Année psychologique_ (1905), vol. 11, pp. 245-336.”
“Masturbation_, pp. 11-18; also, Arthur MacDonald, _Le Criminel Type_, pp. 227 et seq.; cf.G. Stanley Hall, _Adolescence_, vol. i, pp. 432 _et seq.”
“In my book _Socialismo et Criminalità_, published in 1883, and which to-day my adversaries, including M. Garofalo (p. 128 _et seq. _), try to oppose to the opinions which I have upheld in my more recent book,”
“A. Buhot de Kersers, _Histoire et statistique du département du Cher, canton de Mehun_, Bourges, 1891, in 4to, pp. 261 _et seq.”
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