Definition of marionette in English:


Syllabification: mar·i·on·ette
Pronunciation: /ˌmarēəˈnet


  • A puppet worked from above by strings attached to its limbs.
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    • For us, real marionettes, string marionettes, produced those moments of otherness, they created a spell, something very unnerving, disquieting.
    • His words became little white letters on the bottom of the screen for my benefit, his mouth moving soundlessly like a marionette, a puppet with his strings drawn by the public.
    • Here you get to see real marionettes and puppeteers in action.


early 17th century: from French marionnette, from Marion, diminutive of the given name Marie.

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