aff. a noun suffix occurring orig. in loanwords from French or Italian, typically diminutives or nouns denoting an example or instance of something, or a group or member of a group having a specified number
bullet; hatchet; islet; turret; doublet; quartet[/ex]
of limited productivity in English
baronet; octet; quintuplet; swimmeret[/ex]
sometimes as a variant of -let before stems ending in syllabic l
eaglet; owlet[/ex]
Compare -ette
Etymology: ME < OF -et (masc.) or -ette (fem.); or < It -etto, -etta

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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