To control (somebody) as if they were a puppet; to manipulate.
Other Word Forms of Marionette
Origin of Marionette
French marionnette from Old French musical instrument diminutive of mariole , the Virgin Mary (influenced by the name Marion) from diminutive of Marie Mary from Late Latin Maria Mary1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
French marionnette. One of the first figures to be made into a marionette was the Virgin Mary, hence the name.
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