- any small, Old World carnivore of the genus Genetta, especially G. genetta, having spotted sides and a ringed tail.
- the fur of such an animal.
Origin of genet1
- Jean [zhahn] /ʒɑ̃/, 1910–86, French playwright and novelist.
- Ed·mond Charles E·douard [ed-mawn sharl ey-dwar] /ɛdˈmɔ̃ ʃarl eɪˈdwar/, Citizen Genêt, 1763–1834, French minister to the U.S. in 1793.
- pen name of Janet Flanner.
- a female donkey.
- a small Spanish horse.
Origin of jennet
- JanetGenêt, 1892–1978, U.S. journalist: long based in Paris.
Examples from the Web for genet
There she met Janet Flanner, who would become a famed New Yorker correspondent “Genet”—for three decades.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo
December 16, 2014
After this debut, Goines continued to write at a furious pace, producing a body of work that echoed Celine, Genet, and Burroughs.The 10 Best Books About the Motor City
August 1, 2014
Genet had merely been an impracticable and impatient enthusiast.A History of the United States
Genet was at last got rid of, but the evil that he did lived after him.James Madison
Sydney Howard Gay
Genet was surprised, and inquired if the Congress were not the sovereign?Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3.
Benson J. Lossing
Genet then threatened to pay for what he bought with drafts upon the Treasury.Alexander Hamilton
Charles A. Conant
The Genet had 30 men, not one of whom was wounded by the enemy.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
- any agile catlike viverrine mammal of the genus Genetta, inhabiting wooded regions of Africa and S Europe, having an elongated head, thick spotted or blotched fur, and a very long tail
- the fur of such an animal
- an obsolete spelling of jennet
- Jean (ʒɑ̃). 1910–86, French dramatist and novelist; his novels include Notre-Dame des Fleurs (1944) and his plays Les Bonnes (1947) and Le Balcon (1956)
genet or gennet
- Also called: jenny a female donkey or ass
- a small Spanish riding horse
Word Origin and History for genet
small civet, late 15c., from Old French genete (Modern French genette), from Spanish gineta, from Arabic jarnait.
"small Spanish horse," mid-15c., from French genet, from Spanish jinete "a light horseman," perhaps from Arabic Zenata, name of a Barbary tribe [Klein]. Sense transferred in English and French from the rider to the horse.