marionette

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English[edit]

A marionette being manipulated by a puppetmaster during a traditional yoke thé performance in Bagan, Myanmar

Etymology[edit]

French marionnette. One of the first figures to be made into a marionette was the Virgin Mary, hence the name.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

marionette (plural marionettes)

  1. A puppet, usually made of wood, which is animated by the pulling of strings.
    • 1885Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado
      If you think we are worked by strings,
      Like a Japanese marionette,
      You don't understand these things:
      It is simply Court etiquette.
  2. (zoology) The buffel duck.

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Verb[edit]

marionette (third-person singular simple present marionettes, present participle marionetting, simple past and past participle marionetted)

  1. (transitive) To control (somebody) as if they were a puppet; to manipulate.

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Interlingua[edit]

Noun[edit]

marionette (plural marionettes)

  1. marionette

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

marionette f

  1. plural form of marionetta

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

marionette f (plural marionettes)

  1. obsolete spelling of marionete