[ suhf-ruh-jet ]
/ ˌsʌf rəˈdʒɛt /


a woman advocate of female suffrage.

Origin of suffragette

First recorded in 1900–05; suffrage + -ette

Related forms

suf·fra·get·tism, noun

Can be confused

suffragist suffragette

Usage note

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

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British Dictionary definitions for suffragette


/ (ˌsʌfrəˈdʒɛt) /


a female advocate of the extension of the franchise to women, esp a militant one, as in Britain at the beginning of the 20th century

Derived Forms

suffragettism, noun

Word Origin for suffragette

C20: from suffrag (e) + -ette
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Culture definitions for suffragette


[ (suf-ruh-jet) ]

A suffragist. Today, the term suffragette is often considered demeaning.

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