Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A jointed puppet manipulated from above by strings or wires attached to its limbs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A string puppet, usually made of wood, which is animated by the pulling of strings.
  • n. The buffel duck.
  • v. To control (somebody) as if they were a puppet; to manipulate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A puppet moved by strings, as in a puppet show.
  • n. The buffel duck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A puppet moved by strings; one of a set of such puppets used to represent characters on a mimic stage.
  • n. The buffie or buffle-headed duck.
  • n. A small complicated arrangement at the end of the batten in a ribbon-loom, for actuating the racks of the shuttles. It is curiously lifelike in its motions, whence the name.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer

Etymologies

French 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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French marionnette. One of the first figures to be made into a marionette was the Virgin Mary, hence the name. (Wiktionary)

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  • And that horrible haircut and fat, round face made him look like the Chucky marionette from the horror movie of the same name.

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  • Bringing home with him the interest he developed for puppet theater in China, Ruizendaal returned in 1991 to the Netherlands where he entered the doctoral program at Leiden University and specialized in Chinese marionette theater.

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  • Those frown lines you see every morning, getting deeper, running from each corner of your mouth down to the edge of your chin, those are called marionette lines.

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  • From time to time a hare would run between Pinocchio's feet, and after a few bounds would turn sharply around to stare at him with curious eyes, as much as to say that a marionette was a comical sight.

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  • Itcertainly isan exaggeration on my part thatHitler actually was a 'marionette', but heactually did have some dealings with Zionists as to his handling of Jews.

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  • WASHINGTON - Billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, formerly No. 1 on Bill Clinton's enemies list as the so-called "marionette" of the "vast right-wing conspiracy," met with the former president for two hours this week, offering to help him with his global initiative.

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