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outlet, booklet, tablet... Are there any other word that contains a conjugation of "let" with other words? Why do these words contain let? If not coincidental, what is the significant meaning of let in these words?

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Even though all three words you've mentioned contain let, that doesn't mean that they have something in common.

  1. outlet comes from two words: out and the verb let (see this Google search).
  2. booklet comes from two things: the noun book and the suffix -let that means small, lesser and comes from Old French (see this page for proof).
  3. tablet comes from two words: the noun table and the Old French word tablete (again, check out this Google search).

So, the three words all having let at the end is just a coincidence.

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    Under tablet, OED has table n. + -ete , -ette -et suffix, so arguably booklet and tablet do have "something in common". But wallet, for example, is almost certainly unconnected. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Sep 18 '14 at 15:43

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