marotte

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EtymologyEdit

Diminutive of Marie, 15th c.

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NounEdit

marotte f ‎(plural marottes)

  1. a grotesque sceptre carried by a jester
    • 1842, Aloysius Bertrand, Gaspard de la nuit:
      Voici venir la Saint-Martin et ses brandons, Noël et ses bougies, le jour de l’an et ses joujoux, les Rois et leur fête, le Carnaval et sa marotte (...)
  2. (by extension) a puppet attached to a wooden stick
  3. (by extension) a wooden head used to model hats etc
  4. (informal, figuratively) an obsession
    Elle parle de musique sans arrêt, c’est sa marotte.
    She talks about music all the time, it's her obsession.

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