Definition of puppet
- a puppet ruler
a dictator who was perceived as being an American puppet
gave her a puppet with strings for a gift
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First Known Use: 1538See Words from the same year
: a doll that is moved by putting your hand inside it or by pulling strings or wires that are attached to it
: a person or an organization that is controlled by another person or organization
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