Definition of jennet in US English:



  • 1A kind of small Spanish horse.

    • ‘We've got spotted hyena, cheetah, some of the smaller carnivores, jennets and things like that.’
    • ‘The two cousins and their jennet symbolically parallel the uneasy relations between colonial tourist and colonized native.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, in Rome, on ‘a bright winter's day the [victorious] Mercantorio Colonna entered the city on a white jennet.’’
  • 2A female donkey.

    • ‘For example, a single female donkey (or jennet in technical terms) can be used for sheep or goat protection.’
    • ‘Once the jennet is introduced into a sheep/goat herd it undergoes a bonding stage.’
    • ‘A female donkey mated with a male horse creates a hinny or jennet.’


Late Middle English: via French from Spanish jinete ‘light horseman’, from Spanish Arabic Zenāta, the name of a Berber people famous for horsemanship.