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Friday, October 20, 2000

Definitions for coquetry

  1. Dalliance; flirtation.

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Citations for coquetry
'You were probably very bored by it,' he said, catching at once, in mid-air, this ball of coquetry that she had thrown to him. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Her pose, quite natural for a woman of the East, might perhaps in a Frenchwoman, have suggested a slightly affected coquetry. Alexandre Dumas père, The Count of Monte Cristo
Origin of coquetry
Coquetry, French coquetterie, is from coquette, the feminine form of French coquet, "flirtatious man," diminutive of coq, "rooster, cock." The adjective form is coquettish. The verb coquet (also coquette) means "to flirt or trifle with."