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)


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 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 Bring the two corners together to form a rounded bonnet shape and seal by pressing the corners together firmly. Hetty Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, "How to Fold Dumplings, For Novices and Experts," 11 Apr. 2021 The hood flutter at 70 mph is enough to have a passenger question whether the bonnet was actually latched. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Goes from Punchline to Prime Time," 6 Apr. 2021 Maybe make sure your bonnet is tied on extra tight. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Still on the cool side today, but lots of nice weather is on the way," 3 Apr. 2021 For additional maintenance, wrap your braids in a silk wrap or bonnet before bed. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "Knotless Braids: Your Ultimate Guide," 23 Mar. 2021 Got that war-bonnet hairdo talking about giving me $200 for my key. Craig Taylor, Curbed, "The Things a New York Elevator Repairman Has Seen (and Smelled)," 23 Mar. 2021 If your child is young enough to agree to wear a bunny bonnet don’t miss out on this golden photo opportunity. Lindsey Hunter Lopez, USA TODAY, "27 best Easter gifts for kids," 13 Mar. 2021 Angeli’s unique attire – shirtless, showing off his elaborate tattoos, face painted red, white and blue, and fur bonnet topped with horns – made photos of him among the most iconic images of that day. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, "Judge rules Jake Angeli, who raided U.S Capitol in fur hat and horns, remain jailed," 9 Mar. 2021 In Jamaica and neighboring islands, a seriously hot (and slightly fruity) flavor can be found in scotch bonnet hot sauce, famously used to make jerk chicken. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hot Sauces from Around the World," 19 Mar. 2021 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


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


1619, 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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16 Apr 2021

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“Bonnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bonnet

: a hat that ties under the chin


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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