- a woman advocate of female suffrage.
Origin of suffragette
Examples from the Web for suffragette
This brings us to the flapper, the suffragette, and, finally, that über-American icon: the screen siren.The Forgotten American Woman
May 5, 2010
The way you acted when you first run round with me, I thought you sure was a suffragette.Within the Law
Clubs: She did not have time for any, and thus could not be a suffragette.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
I don't doubt she's a smart girl, but this is no suffragette meeting.Still Jim
Honor Willsie Morrow
"Mrs. Brenton is not a suffragette," Olive interposed hurriedly.The Brentons
Anna Chapin Ray
That poem seemed to deal a direct blow at this suffragette strike.The Gay Rebellion
Robert W. Chambers
- 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
Word Origin and History for suffragette
"female supporter of the cause of women's voting rights," 1906, from suffrage, with French fem. ending in vogue at the time. Earlier (without reference to sex) suffragist (1822) "advocate of extension of the political franchise in Britain," or, in the U.S., of voting rights for free blacks. Especially with reference to women after c.1885.
A suffragist. Today, the term suffragette is often considered demeaning.