Marionette meaning

mărē-ə-nĕt
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To control (somebody) as if they were a puppet; to manipulate.
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A jointed puppet manipulated from above by strings or wires attached to its limbs.
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A puppet or little jointed figure made to look like a person or animal and moved by strings or wires from above, often on a miniature stage.
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A string puppet, usually made of wood, which is animated by the pulling of strings.
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(zoology) The buffel duck.
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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.

    From Wiktionary