suf·​frag·​ette | \ ˌsə-fri-ˈjet How to pronounce suffragette (audio) \

Definition of suffragette

: a woman who advocates suffrage for women

Examples of suffragette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the most famous costume balls took place on March 26, 1883, to inaugurate the new home of suffragette Alva Belmont (then still known as Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt), on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street. New York Times, "Undine Spragg’s Life in Objects," 26 Jan. 2021 Purple has long connoted bipartisan unity and the color hearkens to the early suffragette movement. Cady Lang, Time, "‘Someone Needs to Take a Stand Like That.’ The Creator of Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Night Dress on Supporting Black Designers," 22 Jan. 2021 Purple was a popular and symbolic choice for several politicians, subtly signaling a return to bipartisanship and the suffragette movement. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "Kamala Harris Wears All-Black Sergio Hudson Ensemble for Inaugural Concert," 21 Jan. 2021 It will now be added to the museum’s protest collection, which includes items dating back to the suffragette movement. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "'Trump baby blimp' joins Museum of London protest collection," 18 Jan. 2021 Women in Congress made a point of wearing suffragette white during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speeches. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Kamala Harris wears suffragette white in first speech as history making vice-president-elect," 8 Nov. 2020 In a suffragette white suit and pearls before a cheering and honking crowd in Wilmington, Delaware, Kamala Harris sent a poignant message to Black and brown women and girls. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Will Kamala Harris finally change how corporate America sees and treats Black women?," 11 Nov. 2020 On this night when Kamala Harris is making history on so many fronts, the vice president-elect chose a suffragette white pantsuit for her first address to the nation—connecting her election to the fight for women’s rights. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "For a History-Making Moment, Kamala Harris Wears Suffragette White," 8 Nov. 2020 Others included Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' history-making speech in a suffragette white pantsuit and Jill's stunning Oscar de la Renta floral dress. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Dr. Jill Biden Just Wore a Floral Dress With a Connection to Michelle Obama and Jackie Kennedy," 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of suffragette

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suffragette

suffrage + -ette

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The first known use of suffragette was in 1906

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6 Feb 2021

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“Suffragette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of suffragette

: a woman who worked to get voting rights for women in the past when women were not allowed to vote

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