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marionette (n.)

"a puppet worked by strings," c. 1620, literally "little little Mary," from French marionette (16c.), diminutive of Old French mariole "figurine, idol, picture of the Virgin Mary," itself a diminutive of Marie (see Mary). For ending, see -ette.

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Definitions of marionette from WordNet

marionette (n.)
a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer;
Synonyms: puppet
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