catherinette

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

catherinette (plural catherinettes)

  1. Alternative form of Catherinette
    • 1980, Robert Doisneau, Photographs, page 16:
      And then again, on 25 November, Saint Catherine's Day (Saint Catherine is of course the patron saint of unmarried women), the done thing was to get hold of a catherinette, an unmarried girl of twenty-five or over, to drag her of to the rue de Cléry, to borrow a stepladder from the bistro opposite the statuse of Saint Catherine (they were quite used to lending it!), and get the girl to climb up and offer the statue a bunch of flowers you'd thoughtfully bought beforehand, giggling the while.
    • 1995, Christa Hämmerle, Plurality and individuality:
      If no marriage had been concluded by the age of twenty-five, the young woman became a "catherinette" and soon a spinster.
    • 2009, ‎Ruth Reichl, Remembrance of Things Paris: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet, ISBN 0307490114:
      Obviously a girl can be a catherinette only once in her lifetime; it's always beautiful and a little sad, like one's first love.
    • 2017, Masha Belenky, ‎Kathryn Kleppinger, ‎& Anne O’Neil-Henry, French Cultural Studies for the Twenty-First Century, ISBN 1611496381, page 121:
      The card thus presents a conundrum: is she a modiste making her way in the world of work through the needle trades, or is she a catherinette, whose principal ambition is to wed?

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Catherine +‎ -ette; named from St Catherine, patron saint of unmarried girls.

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Noun[edit]

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catherinette f (plural catherinettes)

  1. A girl of 25 years old who is unmarried by St Catherine's Day (25th November).

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