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[suhf-ruh-jet] /ˌsʌf rəˈdʒɛt/
a woman advocate of female suffrage.
Origin of suffragette
1900-05; suffrage + -ette
Related forms
suffragettism, noun
Can be confused
suffragist, suffragette.
Usage note
See -ette. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for suffragettes
  • Until suffragettes and gays provoked the status quo by standing up and telling the truth, as moral and forthright individuals.
  • The suffragettes immediately demanded an investigation into the matter and garnered the support of many senators.
British Dictionary definitions for suffragettes


a female advocate of the extension of the franchise to women, esp a militant one, as in Britain at the beginning of the 20th century
Derived Forms
suffragettism, noun
Word Origin
C20: from suffrag(e) + -ette
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Word Origin and History for suffragettes



"female supporter of the cause of women's voting rights," 1906, from suffrage, with French fem. ending in vogue at the time. Earlier (without reference to sex) suffragist (1822) "advocate of extension of the political franchise in Britain," or, in the U.S., of voting rights for free blacks. Especially with reference to women after c.1885.

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suffragettes in Culture
suffragette [(suf-ruh-jet)]

A suffragist. Today, the term suffragette is often considered demeaning.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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