Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A female donkey.
  • noun A small Spanish saddle horse.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The female ass; a jenny.
  • noun A small Spanish horse.
  • noun See genet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small Spanish horse; a genet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a small Spanish horse

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

  • noun female donkey

Etymologies

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

[Middle English genet, from Old French, from Old Catalan genet or Old Spanish ginete, mounted soldier armed with a lance, horseman, both Old Catalan and Old Spanish from Arabic zanātī, belonging to the Zanata, from Zanāta, name of a confederation of Berber tribes famous for their horsemanship.]

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Examples

  • 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.

    Microcosmography or, a Piece of the World Discovered; in Essays and Characters John Earle

  • 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.

    Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects Vol. 04 (of 10), Filippino Lippi to Domenico Puligo Giorgio Vasari 1542

  • Her jennet tossed its head back and whickered at the smell, tail flicking at the insects.

    THE RIVER KINGS’ ROAD Liane Merciel 2010

  • 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.

    His Disposition 2010

  • And she signed a little cross on the air between them before she wheeled her jennet into the lefthand track.

    His Disposition 2010

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    Inspirational Interior Design of the Day : Black, White and Yellow 2008

  • 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.

    Anne of Geierstein 2008

  • 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.

    Anne of Geierstein 2008

  • 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.

    Anne of Geierstein 2008

  • 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.

    Anne of Geierstein 2008

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