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Etymology 1Edit

From run +‎ -let. Compare runnel.


runlet (plural runlets)

  1. A small stream or brook.
    • Lowell
      To trace out to its marshy source every runlet that has cast in its tiny pitcherful with the rest.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 91:
      She followed the dry runlet to where a jutting shoulder formed a nook matted with briars.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English, from Old French rondelet (roundlet). More at roundlet.


runlet (plural runlets)

  1. (archaic) A wine measure, equivalent to 18 gallons.