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


a movie about a French gamine

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lithe and gamine, with an easygoing demeanor, Mizuhara is one of Japan’s most recognizable faces. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kiko Mizuhara—Tokyo's Biggest Model and Style Icon—on Becoming Dior's New Girl and Bringing #MeToo to Japan," 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, "600 Years Later, Joan of Arc Is Still a Trailblazing Beauty Muse—and Here's Proof," 3 June 2018 She has been compared to that other naughty gamine Holly Golightly, but Holly was poignant. WSJ, "Five Best: Jenny Allen," 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, "Emma Stone's Breezy New Hairstyle Is Parfait," 23 July 2013 At Ricci, Henry traded the gamine vision that saw success at Carven for a more serious, sultry brand of femininity. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Guillaume Henry Is Leaving Nina Ricci," 15 Mar. 2018 The Look: Farrow is the poster child of gamine chic with her short pixie cut and simple white skirt suit. Vogue, "The Best Wedding Hair Styles of All Time, From Brigitte Bardot to Diana Ross," 6 Feb. 2018 Then, showcasing the more demure appeal of parting with a few precious inches, Pippa Middleton's unveiled a sleek chop and The Crown's Claire Foy debuted a gamine crop at the show's season two premiere. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 13 Best Celebrity Hair Transformations of 2017," 22 Dec. 2017 Kristen Stewart is single-handedly reimagining the gamine grow-out. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "How Kristen Stewart Turns a Baseball Cap Into a Red-Carpet Beauty Win," 31 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Early reviewers described her gamine beauty and enigmatic Mediterranean charm as perfect for ingénue roles. Paul Vitello, New York Times, "Valentina Cortese, a Leading Italian Film Actress, Dies at 96," 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,, "With heart and humanity, this 'Raisin in the Sun' still hits home," 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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