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
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Related Words for jennethorse
Examples from the Web for jennet
Historical Examples of jennet
Clare summoned Jennet, and took her own seat in the further window.
Be there any manner of irons, Jennet, for crisping or curling the hair?
Pouchskin, riding his great French jennet, had started in the advance.
I had not an English horse there, so I bought that Andalusian jennet.
Get you upon your jennet, dame; and, Robin, do you show the way.
British Dictionary definitions for jennet
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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Word Origin and History for jennet
"small Spanish horse," mid-15c., from French genet, from Spanish jinete "a light horseman," perhaps from Arabic Zenata, name of a Barbary tribe [Klein]. Sense transferred in English and French from the rider to the horse.
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