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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English inleten, equivalent to in- +‎ let. Cognate with Dutch inlaten (to let in, admit), Low German inlaten (to let in), German einlassen (to admit, let in), Swedish inlåta (to enter, engage).


inlet (third-person singular simple present inlets, present participle inletting, simple past and past participle inlet)

  1. (transitive) To let in; admit.
  2. (transitive) To insert; inlay.
    • 2012 December 17, “Archeologists Unearth Alien-Like Skulls In A Mexico Cemetery”, in RedOrbit[1], retrieved 2013-03-13:
      The team said that many of the bones unearthed were the remains of children, leading them to believe the practice of deforming skulls “may have been inlet and dangerous.”

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English inlāte (inlet, entrance), from inleten (to let in), equivalent to in- +‎ let. Compare Low German inlat (inlet), German Einlass (inlet, entrance).


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inlet (plural inlets)

  1. A body of water let into a coast, such as a bay, cove, fjord or estuary.
  2. A passage that leads into a cavity.
    • 1748. HUME, David. An enquiry concerning human understanding. In: L. A. SELBY-BIGGE, M. A. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. 2. ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 15.
      by opening this new inlet for sensations, you also open an inlet for the ideas;