genet

1

or ge·nette

[ jen-it, juh-net ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ɪt, dʒəˈnɛt /
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noun

any small, Old World carnivore of the genus Genetta, especially G. genetta, having spotted sides and a ringed tail.
the fur of such an animal.

Nearby words

  1. generous to a fault,
  2. generously,
  3. genesee,
  4. genesic,
  5. genesis,
  6. genet, jean,
  7. genethliac,
  8. genethlialogy,
  9. genetic,
  10. genetic amplification

Origin of genet

1
1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French genette < Arabic jarnait

genet

2
[ jen-it ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ɪt /

noun

Genet

[ zhuh-ney; French zhuh-ne ]
/ ʒəˈneɪ; French ʒəˈnɛ /

noun

Jean [zhahn] /ʒɑ̃/, 1910–86, French playwright and novelist.

Genêt

[ zhuh-ney; French zhuh-ne ]
/ ʒəˈneɪ; French ʒəˈnɛ /

noun

Ed·mond Charles E·douard [ed-mawn sharl ey-dwar] /ɛdˈmɔ̃ ʃarl eɪˈdwar/, Citizen Genêt, 1763–1834, French minister to the U.S. in 1793.
pen name of Janet Flanner.

jennet

or gen·et

[ jen-it ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ɪt /

noun

a female donkey.
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

Flanner

[ flan-er ]
/ ˈflæn ər /

noun

JanetGenêt, 1892–1978, U.S. journalist: long based in Paris.
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British Dictionary definitions for genet

genet

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genette (dʒɪˈnɛt)

/ (ˈdʒɛnɪt) /

noun

any agile catlike viverrine mammal of the genus Genetta, inhabiting wooded regions of Africa and S Europe, having an elongated head, thick spotted or blotched fur, and a very long tail
the fur of such an animal

Word Origin for genet

C15: from Old French genette, from Arabic jarnayt

noun

an obsolete spelling of jennet

Genet

/ (French ʒənɛ) /

noun

Jean (ʒɑ̃). 1910–86, French dramatist and novelist; his novels include Notre-Dame des Fleurs (1944) and his plays Les Bonnes (1947) and Le Balcon (1956)

jennet

genet or gennet

/ (ˈdʒɛnɪt) /

noun

Also called: jenny a female donkey or ass
a small Spanish riding horse

Word Origin for jennet

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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