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coquette

[koh-ket] /koʊˈkɛt/
noun
1.
a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.
verb (used without object)
2.
to coquet.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < French, feminine of coquet
Related forms
coquettish, adjective
Can be confused
coquette, croquet, croquette.
Synonyms
1. tease, vamp.
Usage note
See -ette.
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  • The coquette of the insect species, it seems, winks a light every two seconds when in a romantic swoon.
British Dictionary definitions for coquette

coquette

/kəʊˈkɛt; kɒˈkɛt/
noun
1.
a woman who flirts
2.
any hummingbird of the genus Lophornis, esp the crested Brazilian species L. magnifica
Derived Forms
coquettish, adjective
coquettishly, adverb
coquettishness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, feminine of coquet
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Word Origin and History for coquette
n.

1660s, from French fem. of coquet (male) "flirt" (see coquet).

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