noun Computers, Informal.
a small application program that can be called up for use while working in another application.

1990–95; app(lication) + -let Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
applet (ˈæplɪt)
computing a computer program that runs within a page on the World Wide Web
[C20: from app(lication program) + -let]

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Word Origin & History

by 1995, a dim. formation from application.
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applet   (āp'lĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
A small computer program that has limited features, requires limited memory resources, and is designed to be downloaded from the Internet to run on a webpage. An applet cannot read or write data on the user's machine.
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