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 Her gamine urgency and warmth lent an otherwise largely absent humanity to Godard’s films. Mark Feeney,, 13 Sep. 2022 With her dark brown hair and defined doe-eyes, Cruz could have been mistaken for the gamine Hepburn in Venice this week, at the premiere for En Los Margenes, which translates — fittingly – to On the Fringe. Hannah Coates, Allure, 7 Sep. 2022 Eleven's gamine cut in 1986 is in fact a wig, which is mindblowing for a few reasons — but more on that shortly. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 4 June 2022 Audiences and most critics adored her as George Bernard Shaw’s gamine. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Earle, a gamine eighty-six, has searching brown eyes and a smile that could illuminate the midnight zone, and has actually done so. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 Williams looked gamine with her signature pixie cut, single necklace, and natural makeup. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 30 May 2022 Since it was released in 2007, the scent has become a modern classic associated with gamine girlishness and the whimsical side of the designer’s ready-to-wear. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2022 Cale, whose Welsh intonations are a pleasure to listen to, and Tucker, whose granny fierceness in front of the camera now is a match for her gamine fierceness behind a drum kit then., 15 Oct. 2021 Her hourglass figure takes the place of Hepburn’s gamine frame. Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2021 At the start of her career, critics noted Portman’s gamine beauty, comparing her to classic cinema icons like Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 9 June 2021 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 See More

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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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26 Sep 2022

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