a woman advocate of female suffrage.

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

Examples from the Web for suffragette

Contemporary Examples of suffragette

  • This brings us to the flapper, the suffragette, and, finally, that über-American icon: the screen siren.

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    The Forgotten American Woman

    Kate Betts

    May 5, 2010

Historical Examples of suffragette

  • The way you acted when you first run round with me, I thought you sure was a suffragette.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Clubs: She did not have time for any, and thus could not be a suffragette.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for suffragette



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

suffragette in Culture



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

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