catherinette

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

catherinette (plural catherinettes)

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  1. Alternative form of Catherinette
    • 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.
    • 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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