-ette

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From 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
  4. (Polari) Used to form nouns with a Polari context or an association with gay subculture.
    • 1967, Kenneth Williams as Sandy, “Gaslight Son of Flicker”, in Round the Horne, written by Barry Took and Marty Feldman:
      You may have vada'd one of our tiny bijou masterpiecettes, heartface.
    • 2002, O'Neill, Gilda, The Sins Of Their Fathers (Eastend Trilogy; 1):
      'Shame, eh, my little cherry? I was really bonar for him and all. It'll be a lonely old arthur for me tonight as usual. Ah well, let's have another little drinkette then, shall we? And perhaps, Poppett,' he sighed histrionically. 'I'll learn to keep my queeny old polari for them what appreciates it. Or for them what admints it,'

Derived terms[edit]


Synonyms[edit]

(feminine affix):

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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