coquette

noun
co·​quette | \kō-ˈket \

Definition of coquette 

: a woman who endeavors without sincere affection to gain the attention and admiration of men … a narcissistic coquette addicted to … dietary fads to maintain her figure …— Francine du Plessix Gray

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Other Words from coquette

coquettish \ kō-​ˈke-​tish \ adjective
coquettishly adverb
coquettishness noun

Examples of coquette in a Sentence

She was a bit of a coquette.

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BirdLife International, a nonprofit conservation group, estimates that the coquette is likely declining by 10 to 20 percent a decade as forest habitat is replaced by coffee plantations and other crops, including opium poppies. National Geographic, "Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade," 18 Apr. 2018 Within a couple of months, Khloé and TTD were coquettes about town, making out in numerous cities and posting photos of their matching sets of diamond rings (his from a championship, hers from being Khloé effing Kardashian) on the ‘Gram. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "Let Me Lead You Through the Darkness of Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s Relationship," 11 Apr. 2018 The thumb-size short-crested coquette is found only in the forest edge along a roughly 15-mile stretch of road in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain in southern Mexico. National Geographic, "Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade," 18 Apr. 2018 Sweet meets sour in the lemon meringue tart, which is fitting, given that the tart, ever the coquette, swings both sweet and sour. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Lemon meringue tart has everything — even whipped cream," 20 Mar. 2018 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 three inches long. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Colombia offers unspoiled beauty for tourists after being unreachable for decades (photos)," 13 Feb. 2018 To this day, these hallowed watering holes make men want to hold doors open and women want to play the coquette, if only for one drink. Pilar Guzmán, CNT, "Editor's Letter: A Good Drink and a Great Bar Can Define a Vacation," 11 July 2017 Quinn’s energetic Rodolfo and Mary Evelyn Hangley’s comical coquette of a Musetta helped make up for the stiffness of Edward Parks’ Marcello, who nevertheless sang well, as did Benjamin Sieverding during a memorable farewell to a coat. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Minnesota Opera’s “La Boheme” transports to Paris via love and youthful energy," 7 May 2017 The Musetta here was another American, Susanna Phillips, beautiful of voice and mien if not yet a seasoned coquette. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Review: ‘La Bohème,’ in All Its Excessive Glory," 29 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of coquette

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coquette

French, feminine of coquet — see coquet entry 1

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coquette

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coquette

: a woman who likes to win the attention or admiration of men but does not have serious feelings for them

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