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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And she knew that she wasn't helping matters by playing the coquette with André, but suddenly she didn't care.
▪ She was not a coquette, he had decided.
▪ The demeanour of a virgin can be converted into that of a coquette.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Coquette \Co*quette"\, n. [F., fr. coquet, coquette, coquettish, orig., cocklike, strutting like a cock, fr. coq a cock. Cf. Cock, Cocket, Cocky, Cockade.]

  1. A vain, trifling woman, who endeavors to attract admiration from a desire to gratify vanity; a flirt; -- formerly sometimes applied also to men.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) A tropical humming bird of the genus Lophornis, with very elegant neck plumes. Several species are known. See Illustration under Spangle, v. t.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1660s, from French fem. of coquet (male) "flirt" (see coquet).


n. A woman who flirts or plays with men's affections. vb. (alt form coquet English)

  1. n. a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men [syn: flirt, vamp, vamper, minx, tease, prickteaser]

  2. v. talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women" [syn: chat up, flirt, dally, butterfly, coquet, romance, philander, mash]

Coquette (film)

Coquette is a 1929 American Pre-Code drama film, starring Mary Pickford. The film was a box office success. For her role, Pickford won the second Academy Award for Best Actress.


Coquette may refer to:

  • Coquette (film), an Academy Award-winning 1929 film starring Mary Pickford
    • Coquette (film), a 1949 Mexican musical film
  • "Coquette" (song), 1929 song by Johnny Green and Carmen Lombardo
  • Coquette Productions, the production company of Courteney Cox and David Arquette
  • The Coquette, a 1797 epistolary novel by Hannah Webster Foster
  • HMS Coquette, various ships of the British Royal Navy
  • Coquettes, several species of hummingbird in the genus Lophornis
Coquette (song)

"Coquette" is a 1928 fox trot jazz standard. It was composed by Johnny Green and Carmen Lombardo, with lyrics by Gus Kahn.

Coquette (1949 film)

Coquette'' (Spanish:Coqueta'') is a 1949 Mexican musical film directed by Fernando A. Rivero and starring Ninón Sevilla, Agustín Lara and Víctor Junco.

The film's art direction was by José Rodríguez Granada.

Usage examples of "coquette".

The lady meanwhile kindly raised them, and having spoken of the courage and generosity of their sons, who exposed themselves to the fury of wolves rather than take flight and abandon her, she said that her name was the Fairy Coquette, and that she would willingly relate her history.

The night was young, the pretty Queen an incorrigible coquette, and it was likely they would all have their chance, in time.

Bierce Valeur twitched his long-handled hook, and the soiled cord went flying, to be caught in mid-air by a Coquette who screamed in delight at her good fortune.

You may see two or three fluttering around to-night, if you care to look on, but I wish no friend of mine to make sport, at serious cost to himself, for yonder incorrigible coquette, if she is my cousin.

It must be so, for surely the shallow coquette had not much to express.

But all at once, playing the coquette, she gets angry because I do not conceal from her looks the very apparent proof that her charms have some effect on a particular part of my being, and she refuses to grant me the favour which would soon afford both relief and calm.

The young girl tilted her head sideways, regarding Kit with the air of the practiced coquette, her mannerisms vaguely familiar and oddly disconcerting.

I imagined that he would be handsome and gallant, but perhaps a little shy, so that I would have to coquette a little to put him at his ease.

Edgar thought her degenerating into the character of a coquette, and Camilla, in his intended tour, anticipated a period to all their intercourse.

Edgar never saw her engaged by Sir Sedley, but he thought her youthfully grateful, and esteemed her the more, or beheld her as a mere coquette, and ceased to esteem her at all.

She tried to sound the coquette like some of the debutantes she had met.

Among these Cavaliers and Coquettes, Compeer Bierce Valeur has assumed a certain celebrity status.

The Cavaliers and Coquettes of Kokotte, always at the forefront, were particularly conspicuous today.

To drown out criticism, the Coquettes and their male counterparts began to sing a mock-worshipful hymn to the Kokotte, set to a tune so bumptiously catchy that the crowd was soon joining in the choruses.

At the forefront of the crowd, clustered about the base of the scaffold, frisked the Cavaliers and Coquettes of Kokotte.