Definition of coquette in English:

coquette

noun

  • 1A woman who flirts.

    • ‘This month marks her cinematic debut in a leading role, though as another corseted coquette.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And what a spoiled little coquette you really are.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meg had never known she was such a little coquette.’
    • ‘Sadie was such a drama queen - coquette in red with attitude.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Therefore, Sand's version of the opera seduction scene, featuring a mysterious Italian coquette, clearly informs d'Agoult's account.’
    • ‘Isabelle is Bertolucci's confused coquette, the question mark drowning in repressed opprobrium.’
    • ‘Against jarring juxtapositions of Chopin melodies, he tackles stereotypical female images such as coquette, bride and mother with a gaggle of flying baby dolls.’
    • ‘Bette (rhymes with pet, sweat, coquette and martinet but never regret) is a full-service entertainer.’
    • ‘Hell, if that was being nice then I'd like to see you when you're really flirting, my little coquette!’
    • ‘Charles is understanding and compassionate with Mrs. Lee, the aging, ageless coquette, who dances through an army of Puerto Rican gigolos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And the little coquette was charming because that was the award given to soldiers in the Civil War for loyalty.’
    • ‘The twist is that he acts like a ‘she’, a shrewd, shrill coquette who will do anything to get a man's attention.’
  • 2A crested Central and South American hummingbird, typically with green plumage, a reddish crest, and elongated cheek feathers.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Southeast Brazil has a wealth of special birds, few more impressive than the tiny Festive Coquette.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: French, feminine of coquet wanton diminutive of coq cock.

Pronunciation

coquette

/kōˈket/