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genet1

or ge·nette

[jen-it, juh-net]
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noun
  1. any small, Old World carnivore of the genus Genetta, especially G. genetta, having spotted sides and a ringed tail.
  2. the fur of such an animal.

Origin of genet1

1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French genette < Arabic jarnait

genet2

[jen-it]
noun
  1. jennet.

Genet

[zhuh-ney; French zhuh-ne]
noun
  1. Jean [zhahn] /ʒɑ̃/, 1910–86, French playwright and novelist.

Genêt

[zhuh-ney; French zhuh-ne]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. pen name of Janet Flanner.

jennet

or gen·et

[jen-it]
noun
  1. a female donkey.
  2. a small Spanish horse.

Origin of jennet

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French genet < Catalan, variant of ginet horse of the Zenete kind < Spanish Arabic zinētī, dialectal variant of zanātī pertaining to the Zenete tribe (of Berbers), after Zanātah the Zenetes

Flanner

[flan-er]
noun
  1. JanetGenêt, 1892–1978, U.S. journalist: long based in Paris.
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British Dictionary definitions for genet

genet1

genette (dʒɪˈnɛt)

noun
  1. 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
  2. the fur of such an animal

Word Origin

C15: from Old French genette, from Arabic jarnayt

genet2

noun
  1. an obsolete spelling of jennet

Genet

noun
  1. 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)

jennet

genet or gennet

noun
  1. Also called: jenny a female donkey or ass
  2. a small Spanish riding horse

Word Origin

C15: from Old French genet, from Catalan ginet, horse of the type used by the Zenete, from Arabic Zanātah the Zenete, a Moorish people renowned for their horsemanship
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Word Origin and History for genet

n.

small civet, late 15c., from Old French genete (Modern French genette), from Spanish gineta, from Arabic jarnait.

jennet

n.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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