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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English [Term?], 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.

SuffixEdit

-let

  1. a diminutive suffix; for example:
  • manlet, a small man
  • booklet, a small book
  • applet, a small computer application
  • owlet, a small (young) owl
  • piglet, a small (young) pig
  • manlet, a short man
  1. piece; as in a suit of armor for example:

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Usage notesEdit

Alongside -ie / -y and -ette, -let is one of the three most productive diminutive affixes in modern English. It is used almost exclusively with concrete nouns and (unusually for a diminutive) never with names. When used with objects, it generally denotes diminution only in size; when used with animals, it generally denotes young animals; when used with adult persons, it is generally depreciative, connoting pettiness and conveying contempt. When used to describe parts in a suit of armor and some other contexts it denotes a piece or component of the larger whole.

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HungarianEdit

EtymologyEdit

-l +‎ -et, created during the Hungarian language reform which took place in the 18th–19th centuries. The neologists popularized it based on verbs ending in -l and further derived with -at/-et. [1]

SuffixEdit

-let

  1. (noun-forming suffix) Added to different parts of speech to form a noun.
    rész (part)részlet (detail)
    keres (to search)kereslet (demand (in economics))
    egy (one)egylet (society, association, club)

Usage notesEdit

  • (noun-forming suffix) Harmonic variants:
    -lat is added to a back vowel word
    -let is added to a front vowel word

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zaicz, Gábor. Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete (’Dictionary of Etymology: The origin of Hungarian words and affixes’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, →ISBN