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mar·i·o·nette

 (măr′ē-ə-nĕt′)
n.
A jointed puppet manipulated from above by strings or wires attached to its limbs.

[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 Mary1.]

marionette

(ˌmærɪəˈnɛt)
n
(Games, other than specified) an articulated puppet or doll whose jointed limbs are moved by strings
[C17: from French, from Marion, diminutive of Marie Mary + -ette]

mar•i•on•ette

(ˌmær i əˈnɛt)

n.
a puppet manipulated from above by strings attached to its jointed limbs.
[1610–20; < French marionnette, Middle French mariole a small figure of the Virgin Mary]
puppet, marionette - The word puppet originally meant "doll," and a puppet usually goes on the hand and arm, while a marionette (or string puppet) is a jointed figure with strings or wires.
See also related terms for strings.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.marionette - a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteermarionette - a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer
figure - a model of a bodily form (especially of a person); "he made a figure of Santa Claus"
Translations
دُمْيَه مُتَحَرِّكَه
loutkamarioneta
marionetdukke
marionettbábú
leikbrúîa, strengjabrúîa
marionetė
marionete
marioneta

marionette

[ˌmærɪəˈnet] Ntítere m, marioneta f

marionette

[ˌmæriəˈnɛt] n (= puppet) → marionnette f

marionette

nMarionette f

marionette

[ˌmærɪəˈnɛt] nmarionetta

marionette

(mӕriəˈnet) noun
a type of puppet moved by strings.
References in classic literature ?
He was like a soldierly automaton, or rather, like a magnificent marionette.
Then in the very doorway she turned right round as a marionette would turn.
One of the cabin stewards had presented himself on the poop; he had a bottle in one hand, a glass in the other; in the red glare we saw him dancing in front of the captain like an unruly marionette.
He obeyed the idea as a marionette obeys the strings, and started forthwith down the deck aft in quest of the mate.
This was the last and most horrible fate that could befall a monkey on the stage, to be a helpless marionette, compelled by unseen sticks and wires, poked and jerked by concealed men, to move and act throughout an entire turn.
Would you then shut the books and exchange places with this thing that is only an appetite and a desire, a marionette of the belly and the loins?
Above and behind them a fire is blazing at a distance, and between the fire and the prisoners there is a raised way; and you will see, if you look, a low wall built along the way, like the screen which marionette players have in front of them, over which they show the puppets.
Mastro Cherry gives the piece of wood to his friend Geppetto, who takes it to make himself a Marionette that will dance, fence, and turn somersaults
They moved like monstrous marionettes and made gestures like live things.
And they appeared to me clear-cut and very small, with affected voices and stiff gestures, like a procession of rigid marionettes upon a toy stage.
Is this part of your scheme of torture, to play with me as though we were marionettes, you and I, with sawdust in our veins, dull, lifeless puppets
And so it went, with the monotony of clockwork, fifteen seconds to the man, four men to the minute, the mugs bobbing up and down in turn like marionettes.