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marionette definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer [syn: puppet, marionette]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French marionnette, from Middle French maryonete, from Marion, diminutive of Marie Mary Date: circa 1620 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

Britannica Concise

Puppet figure manipulated from above by strings attached to a wooden cross or control. The figure, also called a string puppet, is usually manipulated by nine strings, attached to each leg, hand, shoulder, and ear and at the base of the spine. Additional strings give more sensitive control of movement, and some marionettes can be made to imitate almost every human and animal action. Early marionettes were controlled by an iron rod instead of strings, a form that survived in Sicily. In the 18th cent., marionette operas were extremely popular, and they are still performed today in Salzburg to Mozart's music.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a puppet worked by strings. Etymology: F marionnette f. Marion dimin. of Marie Mary

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Marionette Mar`i*o*nette", n. [F. marionette, prop. a dim. of Marie Mary.] 1. A puppet moved by strings, as in a puppet show. 2. (Zo["o]l.) The buffel duck.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(marionettes) A marionette is a puppet whose different parts you can move using strings or wires. N-COUNT

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