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
Recent Examples of marionette from the Web
Slip into a green chair pondside, go jogging, play tennis or basketball, sail a toy sailboat, or take in a chess game or marionette show.
The Senate’s nearly unanimous support for the measure should send Putin a clear message: The American electoral system cannot be treated as a mere marionette in Russia’s global cyberwarfare puppet show.
The place of women artists in the days for which Marcotte seems nostalgic was to be the marionettes for powerful (and usually male) producers and songwriters.
Cooper came up with the idea to display the two female characters as marionettes, being toyed with by a studio executive smoking a cigar.
A typical suspension bridge dangles from cables, like a marionette from strings.
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Origin and Etymology of marionette
French marionnette, from Middle French maryonete, from Marion, diminutive of Marie Mary
First Known Use: circa 1620See Words from the same year
MARIONETTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of marionette for English Language Learners
: a puppet that is moved by pulling strings or wires that are attached to its body
MARIONETTE Defined for Kids
Definition of marionette for Students
: a puppet moved by attached strings
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