bonnet

noun
bon·​net | \ ˈbä-nət How to pronounce bonnet (audio) \

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)

bonnet

verb
bonneted; bonneting; bonnets

Definition of bonnet (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to provide with or dress in a bonnet

Bonnet

biographical name
Bon·​net | \ bȯ-ˈnā How to pronounce Bonnet (audio) \

Definition of Bonnet (Entry 3 of 3)

Georges-Étienne 1889–1973 French politician and diplomat

Examples of bonnet in a Sentence

Noun He lifted the car's bonnet to check the engine.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The visual iconography of the handmaids—women depersonalized by scarlet cloaks, rendered faceless by wraparound white bonnets—became a fixture at protests and assemblies around the world. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Challenge of Margaret Atwood," 5 Sep. 2019 For instance, the iconic handmaid uniforms of bright red cloaks and white bonnets that obscure their faces were inspired by the image on a container of Old Dutch Cleanser. Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "Margaret Atwood revisits Gilead in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel, ‘The Testaments'," 3 Sep. 2019 Protesters sporting the red dress and white bonnet of the handmaid costume are now commonplace and recognizable, even for bystanders who don’t watch the show. Teghan Simonton, USA Today, "The Handmaid's Tale rides the political wave around women's rights — and contributes.," 13 Aug. 2019 Quotes from the book and the series, as well as these characters' oxblood red dresses and white bonnets, have crossed over to become ubiquitous at protests of our current government. Whitney Friedlander, CNN, "'The Handmaid's Tale' renewed for Season 4," 26 July 2019 Demonstrators at women's rights protests routinely don the red cloaks and bonnets of the show's handmaids. cleveland.com, "New Atwood novel ‘The Testaments’ revisits dystopian world," 11 Sep. 2019 Women were buying red cloaks and white bonnets on Amazon, leaving four- and five-star reviews with tongue-in-cheek Gilead greetings. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "Margaret Atwood Expands the World of “The Handmaid’s Tale”," 5 Sep. 2019 For instance, the iconic handmaid uniforms of bright red cloaks and white bonnets that obscure their faces were inspired by the image on a container of Old Dutch Cleanser. Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "Margaret Atwood revisits Gilead in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel, ‘The Testaments'," 3 Sep. 2019 Black women have worn sleep bonnets and head wraps to help protect their hair and make natural hairstyles last longer. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "A $98 silk nightcap draws comparisons to sleep bonnets, claims of cultural appropriation," 22 July 2019 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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1619, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bonnet

Noun

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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bonnet

noun
How to pronounce Bonnet (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bonnet

: a hat that ties under the chin

bonnet

noun
bon·​net | \ ˈbä-nət How to pronounce bonnet (audio) \

Kids Definition of bonnet

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

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