genet

play
noun gen·et \ ˈje-nət \

Definition of genet

: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

Origin and Etymology of genet

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


Genet

play
biographical name Ge·net \ zhə-ˈnā \

Definition of Genet

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

Genet

biographical name

Definition of Genet

Jean 1910–1986 French dramatist and novelist

Learn More about genet


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up genet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!