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)
- (transitive) To let in; admit.
- (transitive) To insert; inlay.
From Middle English inlāte (“inlet, entrance”), from inleten (“to let in”), equivalent to in- + let. Compare Low German inlat (“inlet”), German Einlass (“inlet, entrance”).
inlet (plural inlets)
- A body of water let into a coast, such as a bay, cove, fjord or estuary.
- A passage that leads into a cavity.