[koh-ki-tree, koh-ke-tree]

noun, plural co·quet·ries.

the behavior or arts of a coquette; flirtation.
dalliance; trifling.


Origin of coquetry

From the French word coquetterie, dating back to 1650–60. See coquette, -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coquetry

Historical Examples of coquetry

  • She must have had some experience in coquetry, but it is very likely that she had never met a man just like this one.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • It is needless to say that the nature of coquetry disposes to flirtation.

  • And with what coquetry he fans himself; how he dances and skips about!

  • The coquetry, the cunning, dropped out of the long, pale face.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • All this that was passing through her mind was utterly foreign to any coquetry.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for coquetry


noun plural -ries

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for coquetry

1650s, from French coquetterie, from coqueter (v.), from coquet (see coquet).

Coquetry whets the appetite; flirtation depraves it .... [Donald Grant Mitchell (1822-1908)]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper