ga·​mine | \ ga-ˈmēn How to pronounce gamine (audio) , ˈga-ˌmēn \

Definition of gamine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a girl who hangs around on the streets
2 : a small playfully mischievous girl



Definition of gamine (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or suggesting a gamine

Examples of gamine in a Sentence

Noun a movie about a French gamine
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fast-forward to the following decade, when the gap-toothed gamine abandoned her heavy hand to embrace a more au naturel approach. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2020 Kravitz's choice to exchange her waist-grazing braids for the gamine chop was a decidedly strong one, though par for the course for the actress, who parted ways with her lengths back in 2017—and switched her raven for a peroxide dye job. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 27 Nov. 2019 The star is Georgina Pazcoguin, wearing a white shirt, black jeans and a pair of black point shoes, gamine wig pasted to her skull. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2019 The Look: Farrow is the poster child of gamine chic with her short pixie cut and simple white skirt suit. 10. Vogue, 26 Apr. 2019 Lithe and gamine, with an easygoing demeanor, Mizuhara is one of Japan’s most recognizable faces. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2018 In 1948, Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman slipped into Joan's armour with wispy, light brown Gallic fringe, while just over a decade later, American gamine star Jean Seberg lit up the screen by sporting a distinct buzz cut. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 3 June 2018 She has been compared to that other naughty gamine Holly Golightly, but Holly was poignant. WSJ, 13 Apr. 2018 Emma Stone is currently in France shooting a movie with Woody Allen (typical Tuesday), and the actress debuted a brand-new 'do that has her blending in perfectly with the gamine French filles. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, 23 July 2013 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Her fall collection included a plethora of layered suiting, including a gamine corduroy trouser suit, but nary an embroidered tunic. Christina Binkley, WSJ, 12 July 2021 In 1954, newcomer Audrey Hepburn won for her gamine role as royalty playing hooky in Roman Holiday, while the 1955 awards honored an entirely different type of performance, Method actress Eva Marie Saint's hyper-realistic turn in On the Waterfront. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 18 Mar. 2021 Those audacious images brimming with style wouldn’t have been half as fun without Tennant’s gamine presence. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 23 Dec. 2020 Early reviewers described her gamine beauty and enigmatic Mediterranean charm as perfect for ingénue roles. Paul Vitello, New York Times, 10 July 2019 Toya Turner may be a bit too youthfully gamine to be completely convincing as Walter Lee’s long-suffering wife, Ruth. F. Kathleen Foley,, 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gamine


1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gamine


borrowed from French, feminine derivative of gamin gamin


borrowed from French, derivative of gamin, gamine gamin, gamine entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of gamine

: an attractive and usually thin and small woman or girl who often shows a playful desire to cause trouble

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