1940–45, Americanism; (drum) major + -ette Unabridged
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majorette (ˌmeɪdʒəˈrɛt)
See drum majorette

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Word Origin & History

"baton-twirler," 1941, originally drum-majorette (1938), fem. of drum-major (1598).
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Example sentences
Imagine trying to twirl a drum majorette's baton with a weight attached to either side of the centre line.
The kids, they had on their majorette outfits and there were banners.
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