bon·net | \ˈbä-nət \

Definition of bonnet 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) chiefly Scotland : a man's or boy's cap

(2) : a brimless Scottish cap of seamless woolen fabric — compare tam-o'-shanter sense 2

b : a cloth or straw hat tied under the chin and worn by women and children

2a British : an automobile hood

b : a metal covering or cowl (as for a fireplace, valve chamber, or ventilator)


bonneted; bonneting; bonnets

Definition of bonnet (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to provide with or dress in a bonnet


biographical name
Bon·net | \bȯ-ˈnā \

Definition of Bonnet (Entry 3 of 3)

Georges-Étienne 1889–1973 French politician and diplomat

Examples of bonnet in a Sentence


He lifted the car's bonnet to check the engine.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those that sold included some of Mrs. Kennedy’s square-toe leather shoes, her nightgowns and sleep bonnets, cotton summer dresses, which had not been kept in the best condition. Bonnie Wertheim, New York Times, "Jackie Kennedy’s Packing List for Texas, Chic and Poignant," 3 July 2018 That being said, in Great Britain, bonnets, pearls, shells, and veils were still considered appropriate hair accessories on special occasions. Aubrey Almanza, Allure, "The Bizarre History of Fascinators and Why People Wear Them to Royal Weddings," 18 May 2018 That’s why all of the promotional images around the season involved fire, from the key art of June's winged bonnet aflame to the teaser, which featured June surrounded by embers., "What That Frustrating Handmaid's Tale Finale Means For Season 3," 11 July 2018 And in the teaser art from Hulu, Offred's holding a bonnet that's on fire. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""The Handmaid's Tale" Season 2 Teaser Will Make You Fear for Offred," 8 Mar. 2018 Learn the lingo, old chap: Hood = bonnet, trunk = boot, windshield = windscreen. Sorted. Luann Gibbs,, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 6 July 2018 Pinecraft, where the bonnets are lacy and the pies are creamy. Vincent Crampton,, "Explore Florida's Sarasota County: Say bye bye, Ohio for pie pie, Pinecraft," 6 May 2018 The newborn prince looked snug and sleepy wearing a knit white bonnet during his debut on Monday, April 23, just like his big sister on the day of her birth. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Baby’s Bonnet Has a Special Connection to Princess Charlotte," 25 Apr. 2018 The vehicle drove for about 10 meters along the pavement, bowling over pedestrians, with some of them being carried along on the bonnet of the car. Anchorage Daily News, "Taxi plows into Moscow crowd including soccer fans, injuring eight," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Down Under mystery up in the air and its blond-bonneted, Renoir-ish women lost among the venomous snakes, poisonous ants and whatever dreadful fate might befall one in feral Australia. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Review: No Walk in the Park," 24 May 2018 Chris Murray with the Scotch Bonnets The L.A.-based ska and reggae singer performs. Carrie Donovan, Washington Post, "Going Out Guide for Montgomery County, July 27-Aug. 2, 2017," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of bonnet


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bonnet


Middle English bonet auxiliary sail, kind of cap, from Anglo-French, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old Saxon gibund bundle, Old English bindan to bind

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English Language Learners Definition of bonnet

: a hat that ties under the chin


bon·net | \ˈbä-nət \

Kids Definition of bonnet

: a child's or woman's hat usually tied under the chin by ribbons or strings

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