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n. Archaic
An ant.

[Middle English emete, from Old English ǣmete.]


1. (Animals) Brit an archaic or dialect word for ant
2. dialect Cornish a tourist or holiday-maker
[Old English ǣmette ant; related to Old Norse meita, Old High German āmeiza, Gothic maitan]


(Biography) Robert. 1778–1803, Irish nationalist, executed for leading an uprising for Irish independence


(ˈɛm ɪt)

n. Dial.
an ant.
[before 900; Old English ǣmette ant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.emmet - social insect living in organized coloniesemmet - social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers
hymenopter, hymenopteran, hymenopteron, hymenopterous insect - insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing
Monomorium pharaonis, pharaoh ant, pharaoh's ant - small red ant of warm regions; a common household pest
little black ant, Monomorium minimum - tiny glossy black ant; nests outdoors but invades houses for food
army ant, driver ant, legionary ant - tropical nomadic ant that preys mainly on other insects
carpenter ant - ant that nests in decaying wood in which it bores tunnels for depositing eggs
fire ant - omnivorous ant of tropical and subtropical America that can inflict a painful sting
Formica rufa, wood ant - reddish-brown European ant typically living in anthills in woodlands
slave ant - any of various ants captured as larvae and enslaved by another species
slave-maker, slave-making ant - an ant that attacks colonies of other ant species and carries off the young to be reared as slave ants
bulldog ant - any of the large fierce Australian ants of the genus Myrmecia
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So they stepped along, talking, singing, jesting, and laughing, until they had come to a certain little church that belonged to the great estates owned by the rich Priory of Emmet.
Beside the Bishop rode the Prior of Emmet upon a mincing palfrey.
The Prior of Emmet and those that belonged to him gathered together like a flock of frightened sheep when the scent of the wolf is nigh, while the Bishop of Hereford, laying aside his book, crossed himself devoutly.
If it is strange for me to look back from a distance both in time and space on these bygone adventures of our youth, it must be stranger for you who tread the same streets--who may to-morrow open the door of the old Speculative, where we begin to rank with Scott and Robert Emmet and the beloved and inglorious Macbean--or may pass the corner of the close where that great society, the L.
First crept The Parsimonious Emmet, provident Of future, in small room large heart enclos'd, Pattern of just equalitie perhaps Hereafter, join'd in her popular Tribes Of Commonaltie: swarming next appeer'd The Femal Bee that feeds her Husband Drone Deliciously, and builds her waxen Cells With Honey stor'd: the rest are numberless, And thou thir Natures know'st, and gav'st them Names, Needlest to thee repeaed; nor unknown The Serpent suttl'st Beast of all the field, Of huge extent somtimes, with brazen Eyes And hairie Main terrific, though to thee Not noxious, but obedient at thy call.
Emmet then dupes the group into locking down the O'Brien house and a deranged Oakley produces a flare gun to stop them leaving.
I congratulate Emmet, Helen and Paraic on their appointments and welcome Neil to the firm.
Wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) mistakes Emmet for a mythical figure known as Master Builder who, according to prophecy, will locate the Piece Of Resistance and destroy The Kragle.
Ancient wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) and his sassy henchwoman Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) mistake Emmet for a mythical figure known as Master Builder.
Essence of Emmet was founded about two years ago, when 10 northwest Lower Michigan history groups joined forces to preserve and promote the region's history.
Emmet then sets off on an adventure with Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), Batman (Will Arnett) and other Lego characters to save the Lego people from Lord Business' (Will Ferrell) war against the masses on Taco Tuesday.