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[ suhf-ruh-jet ]
/ ˌsʌf rəˈdʒɛt /


a woman advocate of female suffrage.


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Nearby words

suffolk, suffolk punch, suffr., suffragan, suffrage, suffragette, suffragist, suffrutescent, suffruticose, suffumigate, suffuse

Origin of suffragette

First recorded in 1900–05; suffrage + -ette
Related formssuf·fra·get·tism, noun
Can be confusedsuffragist 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 Formssuffragettism, noun

Word Origin for suffragette

C20: from suffrag (e) + -ette
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for suffragette


[ (suf-ruh-jet) ]

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

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