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  Dictionary Definition of pet

pet [1]
noun
1. any domesticated or tamed animal that is cared for affectionately.
2. a person especially cherished or indulged; a favourite.
3. a thing particularly cherished.
4. a term of endearment or affection.
-- adjective
5. treated as a pet, as an animal.
6. especially cherished or indulged, as a child or other person.
7. favourite: a pet theory.
8. principal; most important: pet aversion.
9. showing affection: a pet name.
-- verb (t) ( petted, petting )
10. to treat as a pet; fondle; indulge.
11. to fondle or caress one of the opposite sex.
[? backformation from pet lamb cade lamb, itself ? syncopated var. of petty lamb little lamb, where petty marks affection. Cf. PETCOCK ]