American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small Spanish saddle horse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small Spanish horse.
- n. See genet.
- n. The female ass; a jenny.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small Spanish horse; a genet.
- n. female donkey
- Middle English genet, from Old French, from Catalan ginet, of Arabic or Berber origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Perhaps a jennet was a horse kept solely for pleasure, whose mane was suffered to grow to a considerable length, and was then ornamented with platting, &c.”
“There are other most beautiful horses, particularly a dappled jennet, which is ridden by a figure that has all the body covered with scales after the manner of a fish; which is copied from the Column of Trajan, wherein the figures have armour of that kind; and it is thought that such armour is made from the skins of crocodiles.”
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“Her jennet tossed its head back and whickered at the smell, tail flicking at the insects.”
“There was Hugh, on his favourite self-willed grey, with his son on his saddle-bow, Aline, unruffled by the haste of her preparations for leaving town, on her white jennet, her maid and friend Constance pillion behind a groom, a second groom following with the pack-pony on a leading rein, and the two pilgrims to Saint Asaph merrily escorted by this family party.”
“And she signed a little cross on the air between them before she wheeled her jennet into the lefthand track.”
“Thou thinkest it is in England as in Flanders, where a city-bred burgher of Ghent, Liege, or Ypres, is as distinct an animal from a knight of Hainault, as a Flanders wagon-horse from a Spanish jennet.”
“The foremost of these was a young female, most elegantly attired, and mounted upon a Spanish jennet, which she reined with singular grace and dexterity.”
“Burgundian yeomen, tall and active-looking men, ready mounted themselves, and holding two saddled horses — the one accoutred for war, the other a spirited jennet, for the purposes of the journey.”
“His Highness hath also sent a couple of horses for his use, — one an ambling jennet for the road, and another a strong barbed horse of Flanders, in case he bath aught to do.”
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