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marionette

noun mar·i·o·nette \ˌmer-ē-ə-ˈnet\

: a puppet that is moved by pulling strings or wires that are attached to its body

Full Definition of MARIONETTE

:  a small-scale usually wooden figure (as of a person) with jointed limbs that is moved from above by manipulation of the attached strings or wires

Origin of MARIONETTE

French marionnette, from Middle French maryonete, from Marion, diminutive of Marie Mary
First Known Use: circa 1620

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