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See also: Catherinette
catherinette (plural catherinettes)
- Alternative form of
- 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:
- 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, 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?
catherinette f (plural catherinettes)
- A girl of 25 years old who is unmarried by St Catherine's Day (25th November).