from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Small one: craterlet.
  • suffix Something worn on: armlet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix a diminutive suffix; for example:

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suffix A noun suffix having a diminutive force.


Middle English, from Old French -elet, diminutive suff. : -el (from Latin -ellus) + -et, -et.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Middle French -el, from Latin -ellus + Middle French -et, from Latin -ittus, both diminutive suffixes. Replaced Middle English -el, from Old English -el, -il. (Wiktionary)



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