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majorette

[mey-juh-ret] /ˌmeɪ dʒəˈrɛt/
noun
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45, Americanism; (drum) major + -ette
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majorette

/ˌmeɪdʒəˈrɛt/
noun
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Word Origin and History for majorettes

majorette

n.

"baton-twirler," 1941, short for drum-majorette (1938), fem. of drum-major (1590s).

The perfect majorette is a pert, shapely, smiling extrovert, who loves big, noisy crowds and knows how to make those crowds love her. ["Life" magazine, Oct. 10, 1938]
(The article notes that the activity "has been going on for about six years now").

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