Definition of jennet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjenət/


1A female donkey.
Example sentences
  • For example, a single female donkey (or jennet in technical terms) can be used for sheep or goat protection.
  • A female donkey mated with a male horse creates a hinny or jennet.
  • Once the jennet is introduced into a sheep/goat herd it undergoes a bonding stage.
2 (also genet) A kind of small Spanish horse.
Example sentences
  • We've got spotted hyena, cheetah, some of the smaller carnivores, jennets and things like that.
  • The two cousins and their jennet symbolically parallel the uneasy relations between colonial tourist and colonized native.
  • Meanwhile, in Rome, on ‘a bright winter's day the [victorious] Mercantorio Colonna entered the city on a white jennet.’


Late Middle English: via French from Spanish jinete 'light horseman', from Spanish Arabic Zenāta, the name of a Berber people famous for horsemanship.

Words that rhyme with jennet

Bennett, genet, rennet, senate, sennet, sennit, tenet

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Syllabification: jen·net

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