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or genet

[jen-it] /ˈdʒɛn ɪt/
a female donkey.
a small Spanish horse.
Origin of jennet
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jennet
Historical Examples
  • Clare summoned jennet, and took her own seat in the further window.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • Be there any manner of irons, jennet, for crisping or curling the hair?

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • Pouchskin, riding his great French jennet, had started in the advance.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • I had not an English horse there, so I bought that Andalusian jennet.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Get you upon your jennet, dame; and, Robin, do you show the way.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • jennet Clouston and mony mair that he has harried out of house and hame.

    Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Before them rode a boy on a jennet, and by him a clerk, as he seemed, upon a mule.

  • I offered her my chestnut courser, but she preferred a jennet.

  • jennet Cock had an ill name, past all forbearance or overlooking.

    Witch Stories

    E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
  • Our English word “jennet” may be derived from the same source.

British Dictionary definitions for jennet


Also called jenny. a female donkey or ass
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 jennet

"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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