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

But on the park side, DS+R has buried the building in a sloping mound of lawn and hooded it with a gigantic glass bonnet. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Most Ambitious Park in Russia," 25 July 2018 His older sister's handmade wool bonnet came from a high-end Spanish children's wear boutique, Irulea. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Baby Wore a Very Traditional Shawl for His Official Debut," 23 Apr. 2018 As Easter approaches and Irving Berlin’s lyrics about sonnets and Easter bonnets hits the airwaves, one might be forgiven for wondering not if clothes are modern (as the MoMA recently did), but if hats are. Vogue, "It’s Almost Easter! Here’s How to Pick the Right High-Fashion Hat," 27 Mar. 2018 Women dressed up in the red robes and bonnets during the first day of his confirmation hearings as well. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "The Most Powerful Signs From the #BelieveSurvivors Walkout and Kavanaugh Protests," 24 Sep. 2018 The handmaids are recognized by their long red dresses, white bonnets and red capes. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Sexy 'maiden costume' yanked from website after backlash from 'Handmaid's Tale' fans," 21 Sep. 2018 Here are her three main tips: Protect your hair at night with a satin pillowcase or bonnet. Janell Hickman, Allure, "Fairy Knots 101: How to Deal With Single-Strand Knots in Your Natural Hair," 3 Aug. 2018 To that end, the bonnet is outfitted with both operable air vents and photovoltaic cells. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Most Ambitious Park in Russia," 25 July 2018 If your wig is sewn along your hairline, however, wear a silk bonnet or scarf at night to protect the hair and keep it in tip-top shape (the same goes for full-lace wigs that have been applied with an adhesive). Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "Lace Frontier: A Beginner's Guide to the World of Wigs," 10 Sep. 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

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

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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