Definition of coquette in English:



  • 1A woman who flirts.

    • ‘Of course, the nurses I worked with were not exactly coquettes sending out pheromones of enticement.’
    • ‘Bette (rhymes with pet, sweat, coquette and martinet but never regret) is a full-service entertainer.’
    • ‘Charles is understanding and compassionate with Mrs. Lee, the aging, ageless coquette, who dances through an army of Puerto Rican gigolos.’
    • ‘The coquette Lady Betty Modish is led to accept the suit of the honourable Lord Morelove (contrasted with the boastful and immoral Lord Foppington) by a plot to excite her jealousy, followed by reproaches from Sir Charles.’
    • ‘Isabelle is Bertolucci's confused coquette, the question mark drowning in repressed opprobrium.’
    • ‘The poor man, caught senseless by the little coquette, dropped his mallet and his cheeks began to redden with embarrassment.’
    • ‘Byron Abalos brings a wide-eyed charm to Magno, a labourer who falls in love with Clarabelle (Nicco Lorenzo Garcia), a coquette who fleeces him out of his pay, through a personal ad in a pen-pal magazine.’
    • ‘The twist is that he acts like a ‘she’, a shrewd, shrill coquette who will do anything to get a man's attention.’
    • ‘Adele took Lin up on that dinner offer, and Lydie had to sit through the whole night watching Adele act like the little coquette she was and flirt madly with Lin.’
    • ‘Against jarring juxtapositions of Chopin melodies, he tackles stereotypical female images such as coquette, bride and mother with a gaggle of flying baby dolls.’
    • ‘Hell, if that was being nice then I'd like to see you when you're really flirting, my little coquette!’
    • ‘She, too, delivers a dual personality: the innocent young college girl Doc feels obligated to protect; and the little coquette, taunting Turk with promises she has no intention of fulfilling.’
    • ‘And she's one of the biggest coquettes in town.’
    • ‘This month marks her cinematic debut in a leading role, though as another corseted coquette.’
    • ‘I can't say that her Manon is exactly prismatic or that she explores every facet of this self-destructive coquette and her lightning mood changes.’
    • ‘Therefore, Sand's version of the opera seduction scene, featuring a mysterious Italian coquette, clearly informs d'Agoult's account.’
    • ‘She would flirt with every man in the room and play the cold-hearted coquette in order to make him jealous and make his move.’
    • ‘And the little coquette was charming because that was the award given to soldiers in the Civil War for loyalty.’
    • ‘Sadie was such a drama queen - coquette in red with attitude.’
    • ‘Meg had never known she was such a little coquette.’
    • ‘On the contrary, our current courting practices - if they can be called that - yield an increasing number of those aging coquettes, as well as scores of unsettled bachelors.’
    • ‘Mary, who had always been a little coquette and didn't change her ways despite the fact that she was to be married, talked gaily with all the earnest men surrounding her, although they'd been warned against pursuing anything.’
    • ‘And what a spoiled little coquette you really are.’
  • 2A crested Central and South American hummingbird, typically with green plumage, a reddish crest, and elongated cheek feathers.

    • ‘Southeast Brazil has a wealth of special birds, few more impressive than the tiny Festive Coquette.’
    • ‘Possible candidates for most beautiful bird of the morning were a group of Bay-headed Tanagers. But my favorite came just after lunch - my target bird for the trip: A Rufous-crested Coquette.’


Mid 17th century: French, feminine of coquet ‘wanton’, diminutive of coq ‘male bird, cock’.