marionette

noun
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

Examples of marionette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reinvents Carlo Collodi's classic tale of the wooden marionette who is magically brought to life in order to mend the heart of a grieving woodcarver named Geppetto. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 3 Feb. 2022 The answer may lay with a contraption that looks like an oversized record player with a human marionette on top. The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Jan. 2022 In addition to the puppetry’s metaphorical overtones of manipulation, a historical fact justifies the conceit: Levin ran a marionette theater in Chicago in the 1930s. Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2022 Born in Davos, Switzerland, in 1889, Taeuber-Arp was a textile artist, sculptor, dancer, painter, and marionette maker; her sprawling body of work united in a cheerily colorful abstraction. Marley Marius, Vogue, 19 Nov. 2021 One of those finds, a dusty marionette, became the inspiration behind her latest public artwork. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 One of those finds, a dusty marionette, became the inspiration behind her latest public artwork. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 One of those finds, a dusty marionette, became the inspiration behind her latest public artwork. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 One of those finds, a dusty marionette, became the inspiration behind her latest public artwork. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 See More

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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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“Marionette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marionette. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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marionette

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

Kids Definition of marionette

: a puppet moved by attached strings

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