Definitions for -ette
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a noun suffix occurring orig. in loanwords from French (brunette; cigarette; coquette; etiquette); as an English suffix, -ette forms diminutives (kitchenette; novelette), distinctively feminine nouns (majorette; usherette), and names of imitation products (leatherette).
Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix, Usage Note
Ref: Compare -et. 3
* Usage: English nouns in which -ette signifies a feminine role or identity have been perceived as implying inferiority or unimportance and are now generally avoided. Only (drum) majorette is still widely used, usu. indicating a young woman who twirls a baton with a marching band. The leader of such a band, male or female, is a drum major. See also -enne, -ess, -trix.
Origin of -ette:
< F, fem. of -et -et
Used to form nouns meaning a smaller form of something.
cigarette, kitchenette, diskette
Used to form nouns meaning the female equivalent of.
Origin: From the French -ette, (the feminine form of the diminutive suffix -et)
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