[ koh-ket ]
/ koʊˈkɛt /


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

verb (used without object)

to coquet.

Nearby words

  1. coquelicot,
  2. coquelin,
  3. coquelin, benoît constant,
  4. coquet,
  5. coquetry,
  6. coquettish,
  7. coquilhatville,
  8. coquilla nut,
  9. coquillage,
  10. coquille

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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