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jennet

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[jen-it]
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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
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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.

  • Get you upon your jennet, dame; and, Robin, do you show the way.

    Robin Hood

    Paul Creswick


British Dictionary definitions for jennet

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 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.

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