Designating or of a state or nation that is ostensibly independent but is actually controlled by another.
Webster's New World
Other Word Forms of Puppet
Origin of Puppet
From Old French poupette, diminutive of poupée, from Vulgar Latin *puppa, from Latinpupa.
Middle English poppetdollpossibly from Anglo-Norman poppedollpuppy
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Puppet Sentence Examples
But during the greater part of his reign he was the puppet of the magnates and kept in such penury that he was often obliged to pawn his jewels to get proper food and clothing.
The king was a mere puppet in the hands of each alternately.
The country was in a state of confusion under the weak rule of the amir Yusef, a mere puppet in the hands of a faction, and was torn by tribal dissensions among the Arabs and by race conflicts between the Arabs and Berbers.
Euphemius, a puppet emperor, was led about by his Saracen allies much as earlier puppet emperors had been led about by Alaric and Ataulf, till he was slain in one of the many sieges.
After five years the contest terminated in favour of Obeidullah, who was little better than a puppet in the hands of Rehim Bi Atalik, his vizier.