Definition of marionette noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌmæriəˈnet//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmæriəˈnet//
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a puppet whose arms, legs and head are moved by strings Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French marionnette, from Marion, diminutive of the given name Marie.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: marionette