A suffix used to form nouns, usually diminutives (streamlet, wavelet, flatlet, leaflet) or denoting articles of ornament or dress (anklet, armlet).

Origin: originally corresponding (in bracelet, crosslet, etc.) to French -ette added to nouns ending in -el.

(06 Feb 2009)

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