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[koh-let, kuh-, ko-; French kaw-let] /koʊˈlɛt, kə-, kɒ-; French kɔˈlɛt/
(Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Colette) 1873–1954, French author.
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When one speaks to her of Madame Colette she gives herself up to comic contortions, and what a sight!

    A Blue Devil of France G. P. Capart
  • "How easy to see that you are French, Colette," said Arthur, as a compliment.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Genevive washed his poor feet, and Colette, the over-fastidious Colette, wiped and bound them up with tender care.

    Six Women and the Invasion Gabrielle Yerta
  • "We sha'n't hear anything more now," said Colette, with a sigh.

    Jacqueline, Complete (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon
  • Yvonne and Colette, prying in the cellar, had discovered a fair-sized keg, which gurgled when it was shaken.

    Six Women and the Invasion Gabrielle Yerta
British Dictionary definitions for Colette


full name Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Colette. 1873–1954, French novelist; her works include Chéri (1920), Gigi (1944), and the series of Claudine books
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Colette in Culture

Colette definition

The nom de plume of Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine, a twentieth-century French writer noted for her novels about social and sexual politics. Her best-known works are Chéri and Gigi, which was adapted for a popular musical film.

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