gen·​et | \ ˈje-nət How to pronounce genet (audio) \

Definition of genet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: any of a genus (Genetta) of small Old World usually carnivorous viverrid mammals related to the civets and having retractile claws, spotted or striped fur, and a ringed tail


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Ge·​net | \ zhə-ˈnā How to pronounce Genet (audio) \

Definition of Genet (Entry 2 of 3)

Edmond-Charles-Édouard 1763–1834 Citizen Genet French diplomat in U.S.


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Definition of Genet (Entry 3 of 3)

Jean 1910–1986 French dramatist and novelist

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Lions, cheetahs and leopards may be spotted during the day, while night brings out a parade of smaller carnivores, including serval, genets, civets, pale foxes and honey badgers. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "In Chad, the Elephants (So Many Elephants) Are Back," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of genet


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for genet


Middle English genete, from Anglo-French, ultimately from Arabic jarnayṭ

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