jen·​net ˈhe-nā How to pronounce jennet (audio) ˈje-nət How to pronounce jennet (audio)
: a female donkey
: hinny
: a small Spanish horse

Examples of jennet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because donkeys breed slowly—a jennet typically produces a foal only every other year—the drain is rapidly depleting Africa’s herd. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 21 Apr. 2024

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Word History


Middle English genett, from Anglo-French genet, from Catalan, Zenete (member of a Berber people), horse

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of jennet was in the 15th century

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“Jennet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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jen·​net ˈjen-ət How to pronounce jennet (audio)
: a small Spanish horse

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