[ koh-ket ]
/ koʊˈkɛt /


a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.

verb (used without object)

to coquet.

Origin of coquette

1605–15; < French, feminine of coquet
Related formsco·quet·tish, adjective
Can be confusedcoquette croquet croquette

Usage note

See -ette. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coquette

British Dictionary definitions for coquette


/ (kəʊˈkɛt, kɒˈkɛt) /


a woman who flirts
any hummingbird of the genus Lophornis, esp the crested Brazilian species L. magnifica
Derived Formscoquettish, adjectivecoquettishly, adverbcoquettishness, noun

Word Origin for coquette

C17: from French, feminine of coquet
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Word Origin and History for coquette



1660s, from French fem. of coquet (male) "flirt" (see coquet).

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