blue·​bon·​net | \ˈblü-ˌbä-nət \

Definition of bluebonnet 

1a : a wide flat round cap of blue wool formerly worn in Scotland

b : one that wears such a cap specifically : scot

2 : either of two low-growing annual lupines (Lupinus subcarnosus or L. texensis) of Texas with silky foliage and blue flowers

Examples of bluebonnet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Here's a few facts to consider about the state flower: -- Contrary to folklore, there is no law against picking bluebonnets in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty insurance agency's field of bluebonnets an eyecatcher," 17 Mar. 2018 Teachers from Deer Park ISD will man the crafts station where children can try writing with a feather dipped in ink, make bolo neckties, finger-paint bluebonnets and create bobcat face masks. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Recreating Texas history - with camels - for the Battle of San Jacinto," 11 Apr. 2018 In a private gift exchange, the judge’s wife, Tracy Wolff, gave the queen a piece of glass art depicting bluebonnets. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Spanish royalty arrives in San Antonio," 17 June 2018 Team spirit at Ouisie's Table Springtime in Southeast Texas means more than bluebonnets and thick coats of pollen. Houston Chronicle, "Examiner-area business roundup," 27 Mar. 2018 Learn more about the new 1-2 acre homesites that were just released, all larger homesites, homes and amenities the community has to offer, and how views of these gorgeous bluebonnets could be yours here: Vintage Oaks, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Hill Country community offers great views of Spring in bloom," 19 Apr. 2018 There may be no wildflower more iconic than the Texas bluebonnet. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "Where to See Wildflowers—and How to Arrange Them Indoors—This Spring," 21 Mar. 2018 Icon of the southwest, Texas bluebonnet is another must-have for any southwestern gardener with extra space to occupy. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "15 Native Wildflowers Every Gardener Should Plant," 5 May 2017 Best time to visit: This year, to celebrate San Antonio's tricentennial, or in the Texas spring (January to March), for pleasant temperatures and shag carpets of bluebonnets. Andrea Sachs,, "This summer, stop by the 23 U.S. locales that have risen to become UNESCO World Heritage sites," 4 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bluebonnet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of bluebonnet

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bluebonnet

Share bluebonnet

Statistics for bluebonnet

Last Updated

1 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bluebonnet

The first known use of bluebonnet was in 1568

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on bluebonnet

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bluebonnet Encyclopedia article about bluebonnet

Comments on bluebonnet

What made you want to look up bluebonnet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a knickknack or trinket

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!