Genet

[zhuh-ney; French zhuh-ne]

noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for jean genet

genet

1

genette (dʒɪˈnɛt)

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

genet

2

noun

an obsolete spelling of jennet

Genet

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)
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Word Origin and History for jean genet

genet

n.

small civet, late 15c., from Old French genete (Modern French genette), from Spanish gineta, from Arabic jarnait.

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