Definition of marionette in English:


Line breaks: mar¦io|nette
Pronunciation: /ˌmarɪəˈnɛt


1A puppet worked by strings: the bird bobs up and down like a marionette
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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.
1.1A person who is easily manipulated or controlled: many officers dismissed him as the mayor’s marionette


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

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