blue·​bon·​net ˈblü-ˌbä-nət How to pronounce bluebonnet (audio)
: a wide flat round cap of blue wool formerly worn in Scotland
: one that wears such a cap
specifically : scot
: 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 Come earlier in the spring — from mid-March through mid-April — to experience the Texas bluebonnet season. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 8 Oct. 2023 In some parts of Texas, bluebonnets have been springing up since March. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, 14 Apr. 2023 As my plane landed at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, the view from my window was a luscious and vibrant field of bluebonnets. Mariah Tyler, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2023 The quantity of moisture has been low and the timing of the rains for supporting bluebonnet blooms has not been right. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 12 May 2023 So the more people that pick them, the fewer bluebonnets there will be for next year. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 14 Apr. 2023 While Central Texas is home to an especially colorful array of wildflowers, the bluebonnet is the official state flower and the showstopper of spring. Mariah Tyler, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2023 Spring may have sprung early in Texas this year, with some bluebonnets already in bloom this March. Noor Adatia, Dallas News, 8 Mar. 2023 As spring blooms in Texas, local wildflowers are a sight to be seen — and none get more attention than the bluebonnet. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of bluebonnet was in 1568

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“Bluebonnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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blue·​bon·​net ˈblü-ˌbän-ət How to pronounce bluebonnet (audio)
: a low-growing annual lupine of Texas with silky leaves and blue flowers

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