marionette

See also: Marionette

EnglishEdit

 
A marionette being manipulated by a puppetmaster during a traditional yoke thé performance in Bagan, Myanmar

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French marionnette. The word originally meant a small statue of the Virgin Mary, then also a puppet of her used in religious theatrical presentations, finally generalised to any puppet.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌmæɹi.əˈnɛt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛt

NounEdit

marionette (plural marionettes)

  1. A puppet, usually made of wood, which is animated by the pulling of strings.
    • 1885Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado
      If you think we are worked by strings,
      Like a Japanese marionette,
      You don't understand these things:
      It is simply Court etiquette.
  2. (obsolete) The buffel duck.

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VerbEdit

marionette (third-person singular simple present marionettes, present participle marionetting, simple past and past participle marionetted)

  1. (transitive) To control (somebody) as if they were a puppet; to manipulate.

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InterlinguaEdit

NounEdit

marionette (plural marionettes)

  1. marionette

ItalianEdit

NounEdit

marionette f

  1. plural of marionetta

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PortugueseEdit

NounEdit

marionette f (plural marionettes)

  1. Superseded spelling of marionete.