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ASHET(T), Aschet, Ass(i)et, Ashad, n. An oval, flat plate or dish, generally large, on which a joint or other food is served. Gen.Sc. (Unknown in St.Eng. or Eng. dialect.) [′ɑʃət Sc.; ′ɑʃəd Cai.] Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 146:
An asset, a small dish, or plate.
Sc. 1858 E. B. Ramsay Reminisc. (1860) 260:
The plate on which a joint or side-dish was placed upon the table, was an ashet.
Sc. 1923 R. A. Taylor The End of Fiammetta 76:
I wad gie elfin scarlet cates On ashets coloured fine.
Cai.3 1932:
Ashad = ashet. In common use.
Inv. 1725 W. Mackay (ed.) Ltr. Bk. of Bailie J. Steuart 236:
Two large flat dishes for roast or boiled meat, and few ashetts ditto.
Abd.(D) 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb 279:
Samie 'imsel' cuttit feckly, . . . on a muckle ashet, wi's fir gullie, 't I pat an edge on till 'im for the vera purpose.
Lth. 1819 J. Thomson Poems 74:
Assiets oval, round, and square, Puddin plates the best o' ware.
Arg. 1907 N. Munro Daft Days iii.:
“I'm long of coming, like Royal Charlie,” Kate proceeded, as she passed the ashets on to Miss Dyce.
Kcb. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 22:
Aschet, the king of the trencher tribe. Some time ago they were made of pewter . . . and stood on the loftiest skelf [of the dresser] like so many shields.

[Fr. assiette, a plate, vbl.n. from asseoir, taken from 3rd per. sing. pres. indic. in O.Fr. assiet (Hatzfeld and Darmesteter). From Lat. assidēre, sit beside.]

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