-ette

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the French -ette, the feminine form of the diminutive suffix -et.

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ette

  1. Used to form nouns meaning a smaller form of something.
    cigarette, kitchenette, diskette
  2. Used to form nouns meaning the female equivalent of.
    majorette, bachelorette, Smurfette
  3. Used to form nouns meaning an imitation or substitute of something.
    leatherette

Derived terms[edit]

Synonyms[edit]

(feminine affix):


French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ette f (masculine -et)

  1. feminine form of -et

Italian[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ette

  1. Used with a stem to form the third-person singular past historic of regular -ere verbs

Synonyms[edit]


Middle French[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ette

  1. -et, -ette (diminutive suffix forming feminine nouns and adjectives)

Synonyms[edit]

  • -et (forms masculine nouns and adjectives)

Old French[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ette

  1. (late Old French) Alternative form of -ete