Colette \c(o)-lette, col(et)-te\ as a girl's name is pronounced ko-LET. It is of French origin, and the meaning of Colette is "people of victory". Diminutive of the medieval name Colle, which is a short form of Nicholas; or short form of Nicolette. Saint Collette (15th century) was noted for her organizational abilities. Made popular from the 1920s due to the fame of the French author Colette.