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Definition of the noun marionette

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noun - plural: marionettes

  1. a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer
    • examples: How ridiculous I was as a Marionette! And how happy I am, now that I have become a real boy! | No... you're just a simple marionette. | I thought of making myself a beautiful wooden marionette. | As soon as he reached home, Geppetto took his tools and began to cut and shape the wood into a marionette. | "I promise you," answered the marionette, sobbing, "that from now on I'll be good—" | Quick as a flash, the marionette sank his teeth deep into the Assassin's hand, bit it off and spat it out. | To my mind this marionette is dead and gone; but if, by any evil chance, he were not, then that would be a sure sign that he is still alive! | I am sorry," said the Owl, "to have to contradict the Crow, my famous friend and colleague. To my mind this Marionette is alive; but if, by any evil chance, he were not, then that would be a sure sign that he is wholly dead!" | That Marionette is a disobedient son who is breaking his father's heart! | Crying as if his heart would break, the Marionette mourned for hours over the length of his nose.
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of marionette: puppet
    • more generic word: figure = a model of a bodily form

Alternative definition of the noun marionette


  1. A string puppet, usually made of wood, which is animated by the pulling of strings.


Marionette is a Swedish melodic death metal band. They hail from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 2005. The band achieved recognition from placing high, and often winning, many national and international music contests. Inspired by the Japanese visual-kei scene and the brutality of Swedish hardcore and metal, Marionette has brought new light to the metal genre. When founded in 2005, when the average member’s age was 16, Marionette quickly made a name for themselves in the Swedish metal scene by winning and placing high in many national and international music contests. In support of the EP, Terror Hearts -which was mixed and mastered by Fredrick Nordström – Marionette shared the stage with some of the world’s most renowned metal acts including: Machine Head, Slayer, Mastodon, Meshuggah, and Candlemass among others.


  1. "Marionette" is a musical single of Mathew Jonson.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  2. "Marionette" is a musical album of Coldwater Jane.
    • released on
  3. "Marionette" is a musical EP of Flying Batteries.
    • released on
  4. "Marionette" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  5. "Marionette" is a musical album of SaprophyteS.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  6. "Marionette" is a musical album of Amartia.


  1. "Marionette" is a 1939 Italian comedy film directed by Carmine Gallone. It featured the onscreen debut of Marcello Mastroianni as an uncredited extra.
  2. "Marionette" is a film, directed by Amir Porat & Assaf Karass.
    • country: Israel
    • genre: Animation
    • released in


  1. Marionette is the proprietary software developed and used in-house by Pixar Animation Studios in the animation of their movies and shorts. Marionette is not available for sale and is only used by Pixar. As a result, little is known outside of Pixar about the detailed workings of this software.
  2. Marionette is a 90-minutes non-verbal breakdancing performance, created and performed by a South Korean breakdancing group Expression. The name Marionette comes from the French word marionette, a type of puppet moved by using strings. Like the name suggest, the show Marionette features the performers imitating and dancing as a puppeteer and his puppets.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Marionette

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Google previewExcel Basic Skills Homework Book (1999)

English and Mathematics : Year 7 by Pascal Press

Puppets A marionette is a full-length, jointed, three- dimensional puppet which is worked by strings or wires which are attached to...

The advantage of the marionette is that it can be made to perform almost any human or animal movement.

Google previewInternational Symposium on History of Machines and Mechanisms (2004)

Proceedings HMM2004 by Marco Ceccarelli

From the engineering perspective, the marionette is a wire- (or string-) driven multi-limbed under-actuated mechanism under gravity influence that exhibits rich kinematic and dynamic behaviours. This article introduces the evolution and the ...

Google previewReading Lessons in Music Appreciation (1922)

Aids in Preparation of Students for Music Memory Contest of the Interscholastic League Division, Bureau of Extension by University Interscholastic League (Tex.)

A marionette is a puppet which is a little figure six or eight inches high dressed up like a person in a play. You have a little theatre stage with curtains all around so nothing else can be seen. Behind the curtains a man work's a lot of strings that ...

Google previewA Student's Guide to AS Drama and Theatre Studies for the AQA Specification (2004)

by Philip Rush, Robert Lowe

A marionette is a jointed puppet ...

Google previewIndian Puppets (2006)

by Sampa Ghosh, Utpal Kumar Banerjee

The marionette is the most common phenomenon in India where the puppeteer has to know about the control—vertical or horizontal— which holds all the strings together tied to a cross. Usually one control is needed for a single puppet, but for ...

Google previewPinocchio, Puppets, and Modernity (2011)

The Mechanical Body by Katia Pizzi

Whether the marionette is a thing ofwhite or black magic, there can be no doubt of its relationship to the dolls ofvoodoo. Moving as ofits own volition, it awakes an atavistic fear in its human counterpart that it could break free from its strings, ...

Google previewThe Columbia Guide to Standard American English (2013)

by Kenneth George Wilson

Technically a puppet is a kind of hollow doll that may be moved by a hand and arm thrust inside it, or by rods, or simply as a shadow on a wall or screen, and, also technically, a marionette is a doll with articulated joints moved from above by ...

Google previewModernist Impersonalities (2012)

Affect, Authority, and the Subject by R. Rives

Because its context is the stage, the marionette is a particularly appropriate symbol of the conceptual problem that accompanies this aesthetic. The silent cinematic figure is the image par excellence; it performs but only as it accepts the ...

Google previewPapier-Mache Monsters (2009)

by Daniel Reeder

The Monster Marionette is a variation of the Basic Monster for those of you who feel that art should be functional as well as pretty. The Monster Trophy is perfect if you want something amazing over the mantel. If monsters aren't your thing ...

Google previewWorld Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (2013)

Volume 1: Europe by Peter Nagy, Phillippe Rouyer, Don Rubin

The Marionette Theatre is located in the King's Garden, Copenhagen. It is a small out~ door theatre combining children's and puppet theatre. Every year, when Copenhagen Com— mune's summer entertainment programme commences, the ...

Google previewWebster's II Children's Dictionary (2003)

marionette. 2. To spoil the quality of: A family argument marred the holiday. mar ( mar) averb marred, marring, mars maraca noun A musical instrument made of a hollow gourd containing seeds or pebbles. Maracas are played by shaking.

Google previewA William Faulkner Encyclopedia (1999)

by Robert W. Hamblin, Charles A. Peek

In works by Gordon Craig, Arthur Symons, Aubrey Beardsley, and others, the marionette, like the Greek mask, served to stylize and distance reality and to express generalized, impersonal emotions. Whether in the actual theater or as a figure ...

Google previewRandom House Webster's American Sign Language Dictionary (2008)

by Elaine Costello

Same sign used for: marionette. □ (Mime the action of moving a puppet's strings] With the bent ...

Google previewThe New international encyclopaedia (1906)

by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby

The marionette theatres and the theatres where the famous Neapolitan Pulcinella is to be seen are a never- failing source of entertainment. Naples is one of the most important manufacturing centres in Italy. Ships, locomotives and cars, and ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film (2000)

Ali Baba to Zombies by R. G. Young

b&w from Carlo Collodi's story Standard fantasy: Marionette given life Pinocchio 1940. (USA), Walt Disney/RKO, color. 88 tains. VOICES: Dickie Jones ...

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They had me doing Beach Boys remakes and all that. I was basically a marionette. (Leif Garrett)
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Scrabble value of M3A1R1I1O1N1E1T1T1E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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