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[suhf-ruh-jet] /ˌsʌf rəˈdʒɛt/
a woman advocate of female suffrage.
Origin of suffragette
First recorded in 1900-05; suffrage + -ette
Related forms
suffragettism, noun
Can be confused
suffragist, suffragette.
Usage note
See -ette. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The way you acted when you first run round with me, I thought you sure was a suffragette.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Clubs: She did not have time for any, and thus could not be a suffragette.

  • I don't doubt she's a smart girl, but this is no suffragette meeting.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • "Mrs. Brenton is not a suffragette," Olive interposed hurriedly.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • That poem seemed to deal a direct blow at this suffragette strike.

    The Gay Rebellion Robert W. Chambers
  • And he had made a woman saving a mouse-trap; she was a suffragette.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • I was actually taken for a suffragette in the market-place just now.

    Rebel women Evelyn Sharp
  • The suffragette caught the remark, and determined to catch the woman who made it.

    Rebel women Evelyn Sharp
  • I'll be an actress, or a settlement-worker, or a suffragette—I don't care what.

    The Templeton Teapot Grace Cooke Strong
British Dictionary definitions for suffragette


a female advocate of the extension of the franchise to women, esp a militant one, as in Britain at the beginning of the 20th century
Derived Forms
suffragettism, noun
Word Origin
C20: from suffrag(e) + -ette
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Word Origin and History for suffragette

"female supporter of the cause of women's voting rights," 1906, from suffrage, with French fem. ending in vogue at the time. Earlier (without reference to sex) suffragist (1822) "advocate of extension of the political franchise in Britain," or, in the U.S., of voting rights for free blacks. Especially with reference to women after c.1885.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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suffragette in Culture
suffragette [(suf-ruh-jet)]

A suffragist. Today, the term suffragette is often considered demeaning.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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