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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: poupette, from an unrecorded poupe 'doll', from Latin pupa; PUPA

puppet

noun
     
puppet
Related topics: Toys
pup‧pet [countable]
1DHT a model of a person or animal that you move by pulling wires or strings, or by putting your hand inside it
puppet show/theatre/play
a 20-minute puppet show
2 a person or organization that allows other people to control them and make their decisions
puppet of
The government is in danger of becoming a mere puppet of the military.
puppet government/regime/state (=a government etc controlled by a more powerful country or organization)

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