gamin

noun
gam·​in | \ ˈga-mən How to pronounce gamin (audio) \

Definition of gamin

1 : a boy who hangs around on the streets : urchin

Examples of gamin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The door is opened by Ms. Etienne, 75 — a wry, sinewy woman with a gamin haircut. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2019 Liliane Montevecchi, a glittering French gamin who became a cabaret star in Paris, a pal of Marlon Brando’s in Hollywood, and the Tony Award-winning ‘‘muse’’ of director Tommy Tune on Broadway, died June 29 at her home in Manhattan. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2018 The gamin Bujold plays the enchanting Coquelicot with whom Bates falls in love. Susan King, latimes.com, 8 Mar. 2018 A kooky young woman works her gamin charm on a Paris arrondissement in this new musical written by Craig Lucas, Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen, directed by Pam MacKinnon and adapted from Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s beloved 2001 film. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2017 This musical about a French gamin finding love, adapted by Craig Lucas, Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen from the Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie, will steal its final garden gnome. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 18 May 2017 This musical about a French gamin finding love, adapted by Craig Lucas, Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen from the Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie, steals its final garden gnome. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 11 May 2017 That French movie, which grossed $174 million and turned Audrey Tautou, its gamin-pixie star, into an international... Edward Rothstein, WSJ, 5 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of gamin

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gamin

borrowed from French, earlier, "glassmaker's assistant, young boy," of obscure origin

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“Gamin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gamin. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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