Origin: ME rabet < OFr rabat, rabbat, a beating down < rabattre: see rebate
- to cut a rabbet in
- to join by means of a rabbet
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- A cut or groove along or near the edge of a piece of wood that allows another piece to fit into it to form a joint.
- A joint so made.
- To cut a rabbet in.
- To join by a rabbet.
Origin: Middle English rabet, from Old French rabat, recess in a wall, act of beating down, from rabattre, to beat down again; see rebate1.