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[koh-ket] /koʊˈkɛt/
a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.
verb (used without object)
to coquet.
Origin of coquette
1605-15; < French, feminine of coquet
Related forms
coquettish, adjective
Can be confused
coquette, croquet, croquette.
1. tease, vamp.
Usage note
See -ette. Unabridged
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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?

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • She is a coquette, too, about that foot and ankle,—I rather like a woman to be so.

  • People called her a coquette––the most dangerous of coquettes, because she was not a cold one.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • I have many things to say to you yet before—— For one, I am not a coquette?

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • Think of all you said to me yesterday and this morning; and now, now you called me a coquette!

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • She was a Frenchwoman, a beauty, and a little—a very little—of a coquette.

  • His mad joy did not allow him to see anything of the coquette in that confession.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for coquette


/kəʊˈkɛt; kɒˈkɛt/
a woman who flirts
any hummingbird of the genus Lophornis, esp the crested Brazilian species L. magnifica
Derived Forms
coquettish, adjective
coquettishly, adverb
coquettishness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, feminine of coquet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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