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Borrowed from Late Middle English queintrelle, queyntrelle (person of fashion), from Middle French cointerelle, from Middle French, Old French cointerel (vain),[1] + -elle, -ele (suffix forming feminine diminutive nouns), possibly influenced by quaint. Cointerel is derived from cointe (clever, intelligent; quaint),[2] from Latin cognitus (known, recognized; acknowledged, noted), perfect passive participle of cōgnōscō (to be acquainted (with), recognize; to learn; to know).



quaintrelle (plural quaintrelles)

  1. (rare) A woman who is focused on style and leisurely pastimes. [from mid 15th c.; apparently revived in the 21st c.]
    Synonyms: dandizette (archaic), dandyess (obsolete)
    • 2010, Lawrence Charles Parish, ‎Sarah Brenner, ‎& Jennifer L. Parish, Manual of Gender Dermatology, →ISBN, page 9:
      From Rosie the Riveter to Coco Channel (in pants!), from Amelia Earhart to the quaintrelle (the female dandy), change in women's dress has symbolized everything from the right and need to work outside the home to wearing pants as a fashion statement to excelling at a profession (even as an aviatrix) to once again claiming the right to cultivate life's pleasures.
    • 2015, Hrishikesh Joshi, Checkmate, →ISBN:
      Her spirit was that of a quaintrelle.
    • 2016, Christine Reilly, Sunday's on the Phone to Monday: A Novel, page 70:
      The kind of woman you named a star after. A quaintrelle.



  1. ^ queintrelle, n.” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 27 August 2018.
  2. ^ quaintrelle, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, December 2007; see also James A. H. Murray [et al.], editor (1884–1928), “Quaintrelle, n.”, in A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (Oxford English Dictionary), volume VIII, Part 1 (Q–R), London: Clarendon Press, OCLC 15566697, page 14, column 2.