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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English -ette, a borrowing from Old French -ette, the feminine form of the diminutive suffix -et.

PronunciationEdit

SuffixEdit

-ette

  1. Used to form nouns meaning a smaller form of something.
    cigar + ‎-ette → ‎cigarette
    kitchen + ‎-ette → ‎kitchenette
    disk + ‎-ette → ‎diskette
  2. Used to form nouns meaning the female equivalent of.
    major + ‎-ette → ‎majorette
    bachelor + ‎-ette → ‎bachelorette
    smurf + ‎-ette → ‎Smurfette
  3. Used to form nouns meaning an imitation or substitute of something.
    leather + ‎-ette → ‎leatherette
  4. (Polari) Used to form nouns with a Polari context or an association with gay subculture.
    • 1967, Kenneth Williams as Sandy, “Gaslight Son of Flicker”, in Round the Horne, written by Barry Took and Marty Feldman:
      You may have vada'd one of our tiny bijou masterpiecettes, heartface.
    • 2002, O'Neill, Gilda, The Sins Of Their Fathers (Eastend Trilogy; 1):
      'Shame, eh, my little cherry? I was really bonar for him and all. It'll be a lonely old arthur for me tonight as usual. Ah well, let's have another little drinkette then, shall we? And perhaps, Poppett,' he sighed histrionically. 'I'll learn to keep my queeny old polari for them what appreciates it. Or for them what admints it,'

SynonymsEdit

(feminine affix):

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FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

SuffixEdit

-ette f (masculine -et)

  1. feminine equivalent of -et

ItalianEdit

Pronunciation 1Edit

SuffixEdit

-ette

  1. Used with a stem to form the third-person singular past historic of regular -ere verbs.
SynonymsEdit

Pronunciation 2Edit

SuffixEdit

-ette

  1. feminine plural of -etto

Middle FrenchEdit

SuffixEdit

-ette

  1. -et, -ette (diminutive suffix forming feminine nouns and adjectives)

SynonymsEdit

  • -et (forms masculine nouns and adjectives)

Old FrenchEdit

SuffixEdit

-ette

  1. (late Old French) Alternative form of -ete