Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various very small New World monkeys of the genera Callithrix and Cebuella, having a long tail and long incisors that they use to penetrate bark to extract gum and sap.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A little ape or monkey.
  • noun Now, specifically, a small squirrel-like South American monkey of the family Hapalidæ, or Mididæ (which see for technical characters).
  • noun An ugly little fellow; a conceited “puppy.”

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of small South American monkeys of the genera Hapale and Midas, family Hapalidæ. They have long soft fur, and a hairy, nonprehensile tail. They are often kept as pets. Called also squirrel monkey.

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

  • noun small soft-furred South American and Central American monkey with claws instead of nails

Etymologies

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

[Middle English marmusette, a kind of small monkey, from Old French marmouset, grotesque figurine, alteration (influenced by marmouser, to murmur) of marmotte, marmot; see marmot.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French marmouset ("gargoyle; small child"), probably from marmouser ("to mumble").

Examples

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  • The marmoset song. Why did such a thing make me split my sides laughing?

    November 25, 2008

  • *Pops an Easily Amused Club membership badge in the mail*

    November 25, 2008

  • ... because it's hilarious?

    *wonders if that was a trick question*

    November 26, 2008

  • Llama song...

    November 26, 2008