Origin of marionetteFr, diminutive of Marion: see Marion
Origin of marionetteFrench 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 ; see Mary 1.
(third-person singular simple present marionettes, present participle marionetting, simple past and past participle marionetted)
- To control (somebody) as if they were a puppet; to manipulate.
French marionnette. One of the first figures to be made into a marionette was the Virgin Mary, hence the name.