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  1. a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.
verb (used without object)
  1. to coquet.

Origin of coquette

1605–15; < French, feminine of coquet
Related formsco·quet·tish, adjective
Can be confusedcoquette croquet croquette


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1. tease, vamp.

Usage note

See -ette.
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Examples from the Web for coquette

Historical Examples

  • "La Coquetta," "The Coquette," was the title of a cigar shop.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • Yet some of the sheeny-winged gallants called her a coquette.

    Japanese Fairy World

    William Elliot Griffis

  • Coquette, if you will, with fifty, but give your affections to one.

    That Boy Of Norcott's

    Charles James Lever

  • I 'd be sorry, very sorry, to doubt it; but she never said I was a coquette?

  • She is a coquette, too, about that foot and ankle,—I rather like a woman to be so.

British Dictionary definitions for coquette


  1. a woman who flirts
  2. any hummingbird of the genus Lophornis, esp the crested Brazilian species L. magnifica
Derived Formscoquettish, adjectivecoquettishly, adverbcoquettishness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from French, feminine of coquet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for coquette


1660s, from French fem. of coquet (male) "flirt" (see coquet).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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