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marionette

[mar-ee-uh-net] /ˌmær i əˈnɛt/
noun
1.
a puppet manipulated from above by strings attached to its jointed limbs.
Origin of marionette
1610-1620
1610-20; < French marionnette, equivalent to Marion (diminutive of Marie Mary) + -ette -ette
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marionette

/ˌmærɪəˈnɛt/
noun
1.
an articulated puppet or doll whose jointed limbs are moved by strings
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Marion, diminutive of Marie Mary + -ette
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n.

puppet worked by strings, c.1620, literally "little little Mary," from French marionette (16c.), diminutive of Old French mariole "figurine, idol, picture of the Virgin Mary," diminutive of Marie (see Mary).

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