[ mar-ee-uh-net ]
/ ˌmær i əˈnɛt /


a puppet manipulated from above by strings attached to its jointed limbs.


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Origin of marionette

1610–20; < French marionnette, equivalent to Marion (diminutive of Marie Mary) + -ette -ette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for marionette

/ (ˌmærɪəˈnɛt) /


an articulated puppet or doll whose jointed limbs are moved by strings

Word Origin for marionette

C17: from French, from Marion, diminutive of Marie Mary + -ette
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