co·​quette kō-ˈket How to pronounce coquette (audio)
plural coquettes
: a woman who endeavors without sincere affection to gain the attention and admiration of men
… the book brought to mind a true Southern coquette, flashy and sweet and alluring all at the same time.Tina Jordan
: any of several small, tropical American hummingbirds (genus Lophornis) with the males typically having a colorful or ornate tuft of feathers on the head
… the rufous-crested coquette, a tiny hummingbird (with a red mohawk "hair-do") that was just as … flirty as its name.Thelma Dalmas
But the tiniest of these hummers was the one that elicited the most excitement: a festive coquette, an extremely rare green-crested bird with a white rump patch, only 3 inches long.James F. McCarty
coquettish adjective
coquettishly adverb
coquettishness noun

Examples of coquette in a Sentence

She was a bit of a coquette.
Recent Examples on the Web Thanks to stars like Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez, coquette style is still trending for spring, but in a more refined way. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 1 Apr. 2024 While coquette is defined by soft pastels, lace and pearls, romantic florals, and old English elegance, grunge coquette adds a jagged feel with darker colors, distressed details, and gothic accents. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Mar. 2024 The whole thing managed to repackage the hyper-feminine clichés beloved by #coquettes as something dark and mysterious and even funereal. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2024 For a touch of coquette sweetness, Giannetos placed a black velvet bow right at the top of the twist, but this wasn't a prissy, princessy bow; the ribbons were cut unevenly for a punk edge, and Fox's dark roots toughened up the sugary aesthetic, as did her spike necklace and black skeleton tee. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 12 Feb. 2024 The pop star wore a stunning floral black dress with puff sleeves and a coquette bow in her hair, accessorizing with bow-flanked little black gloves and a black handbag and Fred Leighton jewels. Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 Chanel nail artist Betina Goldstein is known for her contemporary takes on trends, so naturally her version of coquette nails includes pared back shimmer with a tasteful touch: pearls. Violeta Valdés, Vogue, 15 Jan. 2024 Start with dessert decoration—perhaps the meal that calls for a coquette feel out of any other. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Dec. 2023 Also in the carousel of pics, Alix modeled the same coquette bikini in white with tiny pink bows. Briannah Rivera, Seventeen, 11 Apr. 2023

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Word History


French, feminine of coquet — see coquet entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coquette was circa 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Coquette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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co·​quette kō-ˈket How to pronounce coquette (audio)
: a woman who tries without sincere affection to gain the attention and admiration of men : flirt
coquettish adjective
coquettishly adverb
coquettishness noun

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