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Tablet, Taiblet, n. Also: tablett, -at(t, -it, tabblet, taiblat(t, -ait, -ett, -it, tayblett, teblet, tabillat, -et, tabellat, tabul(l)at. [ME and e.m.E. tablette (c1315), tabulette (1440), tablet (1519), OF tablete, med. L. tabuleta.]

1. A ? flat, relatively thin ornament worn on a chain, a pendant or locket; an element of this sort incorporated into a larger ornament. Cf. Tabil(l n. 10. 1534 Treas. Acc. VI 198.
1536 Treas. Acc. VI 285.
Deliverit to his grace ane chenȝe of gold with ane squair tablet weyand iiij unce iij quarteris, the soume of the gold xxxviij li.
1540–1 Elgin Rec. I 57.
1540–1 Elgin Rec. I 58.
1542 Inv. Wardrobe 62.
Twa round tablettis of gold within ane corf of silver wyre
1542 Inv. Wardrobe 65.
Ane tablet with the image of our Lady
1548 Treas. Acc. IX 269.
To the goldsmythes for the warkmanschip of thir crounes, quhilk wes maid in xij targattis, x taiblattis and harttis, fyve pair of braislattis, ane chene and xxx ringes, xxxvij li. xij s. vj d.
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus i 139.
Tabletis of gold, bayth quadrate als … With saphiris set
c1570 Maxwell Mem. II 138.
c1570 Maxwell Mem. II 138.
1573–4 Treas. Acc. XII 382 n.
1578 Waus Corr. 192.
As for my taiblatt, ye sall gar mak it of the best fassone ye can speir; and se that thair be ane just dyackle in it … And ye sall gar put in fyne muist in to my tablatt … And as for the peirle to put vpone my taiblat [etc.]
1578 Edinb. Test. VI 103a.
1584 Glasgow B. Rec. I 107.
Ane round taiblat of siluir … ane four nukkit taiblat with ane blak stane into it schawand in baithe sides … ane vther lytle taiblat with ane lang stane into it schawand in baith the sides with ane hart of siluir
1589 Reg. Privy C. IV 420.
1590 Burel Queen's Entry 254.
Vpon thair forebrows thay did beir Targats and tablets of trim warks
1597 Misc. Spald. C. I 187.
Thow delyuerit hir ane tabblet … and bad hir kep that tablet and hing it about hir dochteris craigis
1602 4th Rep. Hist. MSS App. 526/2.
Ane tablet with the piktur of an agget inammallit with reid, green and quhyt, with four tablle diamontis and ane knoip of sevin perllis
1602 4th Rep. Hist. MSS App. 526/2.
To … my oy ane tablet representing ane adamant and tua hammeris
1603 Moysie 84.
1624 Brechin Test. IV 146a.
Ane chenȝie of gold with ane taiblit of gold hinginge thairat
1646 Edinb. Test. LXII 294a (see b below).
1692 Wedderburn Bk. II 61.
Ane breast tablet of gold vith ane greatt bleu ston and eight litle ones
(b) 1538 Treas. Acc. VII 123.
Chenȝeis of gold, gold ryngis, tabillatis, and uthir goldin werk
1538 Crim. Trials I i 295.
For x elnis of blak rubanis, to hyng tabellatis gevin in New Ȝeris Mes be the kingis grace, x s.
1539 Treas. Acc. VII 265.
1539–40 Treas. Acc. VII 286.
For ane tabulat of gold to the kingis grace, weyand thre crounis of the sone, iij li. x s.
1550–1 Dundee B. Ct. II 32b (26 Jan.).

b. attrib. With diamant, etc. Also tablet dyamont ring, tablet diamond stone. See also tabled diamant, etc. (Tabillit ppl. adj. b). 1567 6th Rep. Hist. MSS App. 643/2.
Four grytt tabillit rubeis sett in forme of garnising … four grytt tablet diamantis, kaisit in the same fasshoune of work
1567 6th Rep. Hist. MSS App. 643/2 (see Tabillit ppl. adj. b).
Tablett rubye
1592 Edinb. Test. XXIV 80a.
The said Cristiane left … to the Lady Glencarne hir tablet stane
1593 Edinb. Test. XXV 160a.
Tua tablet dyamont ringis
1646 Edinb. Test. LXII 293a.
Ane chyne of diamonds sett in gold … quhairin conteaned and sett fourscore tablet diamond and thriescore auchtene lesser tablet diamonds
1646 Edinb. Test. LXII 294a.
Ane heart with ane tablet diamond stone in the middle with nyne lesser tablits round

2. A comestible produced in the form of a tablet; a medicinal tablet; a lozenge or sweet. 1579 Atholl Mun. I No. 90.
Ane taiblett consertative be the mouth and ane vnguent rubbit on his wambe
1600 Crawford Mun. Invent. II 214 (4 March).
Ane buist with tayblett, the ane halff off gynciane, the wther of alacampanay
1677 Edinb. B. Rec. X 292.
All confeits whyt sweities sugar biskat or tablets … offered to seall … shall be good and sufficient stufe … composed of sugar onlie and of the sufficient respective fruitts and seeds … without anie sophistication or adulteration
1687 Stirling B. Rec. II 329.
Ane pund of sheugar tablets
1691 Foulis Acc. Bk. 140.
For tablets and alacampine roots confected 6 s.

3. A tablet for writing on, a note book or something similar. Cf. Tabill-buke n. 1597 Bk. Rates 12b.
Inuarte Custumes … Vreting tabillatis the dosane—xx s.

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