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Etymology 1[edit]


yett (plural yetts)

  1. (Scotland, Tyneside) Gate.
    • 1824, Sir Walter Scott, Redgauntlet:
      They rode into the outer courtyard, through the muckle faulding yetts and aneath the auld portcullis; []
    • 2015, Douglas Nicholas, Throne of Darkness, page 126,
      The outer yett was closed, and a torch burned in a socket set in the gatehouse wall beside the archway. A guard stepped up, peered through the yett at Guillaume, and nodded to someone off to the side.

Etymology 2[edit]


yett (not comparable)

  1. Obsolete spelling of yet
    • 1608, Kalenders of the Starre Chamber, extract republished 1840, J. Payne Collier (editor), Lord Bacon and the Star Chamber, in The Egerton papers: A collection of public and private documents, chiefly illustrative of the times of Elizabeth and James I, from the original documents, page 431,
      So when the L. Chauncellor or Keeper passeth anie patent by imediate warrant, yett the fees of the Clerke of the Seale and Signett are ordered to be awnswered, and yett theie doe noething for them.


  • Todd's Geordie Words and Phrases, George Todd, Newcastle, 1977[1]




Inherited from Middle English yet, alternative form of gate, from Old English ġeat, from Proto-West Germanic *gat, from Proto-Germanic *gatą.


yett (plural yetts)

  1. gate
    • 1983, William Lorimer, transl., The New Testament in Scots, Edinburgh: Canongate, published 2001, →ISBN, OCLC 137334916, John 10:1-2, page 179:
      Trowth an atweill, I tell ye, onie-ane at comesna intil the bucht at the yett, but sclims in somegate else, is a thief an a reiver. The man at comes in bi the yett is the shepherd o the hirsel.
      I tell you without doubt that anyone who doesn't come into the sheep-pen through the gate, but enters another way, is a thief and a robber. [But] the man who comes in through the gate is the shepherd of the flock.