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[koh-ki-tree, koh-ke-tree] /ˈkoʊ kɪ tri, koʊˈkɛ tri/
noun, plural coquetries.
the behavior or arts of a coquette; flirtation.
dalliance; trifling.
Origin of coquetry
From the French word coquetterie, dating back to 1650-60. See coquette, -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for coquetry
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  • She must have had some experience in coquetry, but it is very likely that she had never met a man just like this one.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • It is needless to say that the nature of coquetry disposes to flirtation.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • And with what coquetry he fans himself; how he dances and skips about!

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • The coquetry, the cunning, dropped out of the long, pale face.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • All this that was passing through her mind was utterly foreign to any coquetry.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • coquetry is the desire to please, as a means of self-gratification.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • Her eyes sought his—a spice of coquetry in their questioning gleam.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
  • He bowed gravely; there was no hint of coquetry in her manner.

    An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
  • She had lost him by her pride, her coquetry—her silly, silly, heartless coquetry.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • There is penitence, coquetry, mischief, a thousand graces in her attitude.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for coquetry


/ˈkəʊkɪtrɪ; ˈkɒk-/
noun (pl) -ries
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for coquetry

1650s, from French coquetterie, from coqueter (v.), from coquet (see coquet).

Coquetry whets the appetite; flirtation depraves it .... [Donald Grant Mitchell (1822-1908)]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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