-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.
    cigar + ‎-ette → ‎cigarette
    kitchen + ‎-ette → ‎kitchenette
    disk + ‎-ette → ‎diskette
  2. Used to form nouns meaning the female equivalent of.
    major + ‎-ette → ‎majorette
    bachelor + ‎-ette → ‎bachelorette
    smurf + ‎-ette → ‎Smurfette
  3. Used to form nouns meaning an imitation or substitute of something.
    leather + ‎-ette → ‎leatherette

Derived terms[edit]


Synonyms[edit]

(feminine affix):


French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ette f ‎(masculine -et)

  1. feminine equivalent of -et

Italian[edit]

Pronunciation 1[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ette

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

Pronunciation 2[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ette

  1. feminine plural of -etto

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