mar·​i·​o·​nette | \ ˌmer-ē-ə-ˈnet How to pronounce marionette (audio) \

Definition of marionette

: a small-scale usually wooden figure (as of a person) with jointed limbs that is moved from above by manipulation of the attached strings or wires

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Recent Examples on the Web On that show, Buffalo Bob Smith – the host – his marionette sidekick, Howdy Doody, and Clarabell the clown entertained children who sat in bleachers onstage. Roger J. Kreuz, The Conversation, "The complicated origin of the expression ‘peanut gallery’," 9 Nov. 2020 Hi Paul, Your Sicilian marionette was a popular subject for the puppet theaters in Italy. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Staffordshire pottery goes to the dogs: Yenke Peddler antiques," 22 Oct. 2020 Like a marionette on invisible, miles-long strings, the robot at the Lawson convenience store is controlled remotely, by a person elsewhere in the city wearing a virtual-reality headset. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Remote Work Isn’t Just for White-Collar Jobs Anymore," 22 Oct. 2020 Together the Jim Henson Creature Shop and Moschino collaborated to create models, a famous front row, and a marionette of Scott himself to showcase the designer’s latest Moschino designs and give the feeling of a physical fashion spectacle. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Today on Good Morning Vogue: Jeremy Scott Goes Behind the Seams at His Moschino Marionette Show," 28 Sep. 2020 This one danced like a marionette as he was shot down in a Chicago intersection. Elizabeth Alexander, The New Yorker, "The Trayvon Generation," 15 June 2020 In the wild town of Seaside, married couple Punch (Damon Herriman) and Judy (Mia Wasikowska) work on returning their marionette show to old heights. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Elisabeth Moss gets sinister as 'Shirley,' Kevin James breaks bad in 'Becky'," 4 June 2020 The snippet showed a man with dark skin moved around like a marionette by a large white hand before cutting to the entrance of the Petit Colon cafe in Buenos Aires. Christoph Rauwald,, "VW Labor Unions Urge Marketing Revamp Amid Racist Advert Uproar," 1 June 2020 Souvenirs: Pottery from the town of Caltagirone; a ceramic three-legged Trinacria, the symbol of Sicily; a handmade marionette; traditional Sicilian marzipan. Carol Sottili, Washington Post, "Why your next vacation should be in Sicily," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of marionette

circa 1620, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marionette

French marionnette, from Middle French maryonete, from Marion, diminutive of Marie Mary

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The first known use of marionette was circa 1620

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“Marionette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of marionette

: a puppet that is moved by pulling strings or wires that are attached to its body


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Kids Definition of marionette

: a puppet moved by attached strings

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