or gen·et

[ jen-it ]
/ ˈdʒɛn ɪt /


a female donkey.
a small Spanish horse.


Nearby words

  1. jenkins,
  2. jenkinson,
  3. jenkinson, robert banks,
  4. jenner,
  5. jenner, edward,
  6. jenney,
  7. jenney, william le baron,
  8. jennie,
  9. jennifer,
  10. jennings

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

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British Dictionary definitions for jennet


genet or gennet

/ (ˈdʒɛnɪt) /


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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