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

Definition of bonnet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 2)

transitive verb

: to provide with or dress in a bonnet

Examples of bonnet in a Sentence

Noun He lifted the car's bonnet to check the engine.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each shining bonnet guarded by stern lance-like leaves. WSJ, 13 Sep. 2022 The Litter-Robot 4 has a circular bonnet that sits on top of a drawer—about the same footprint as your standard litter box. Olivia Hosken, House Beautiful, 24 Aug. 2022 And the black hair bonnet -- referred to as a bandana by Sergeant Finley -- that she was last seen wearing at the 7-Eleven, was lying on the ground just outside her car. Dateline Nbc, NBC News, 17 Aug. 2022 So get your bonnet and basket ready, because with the contents of the music being as much of a mystery as the rear-jacket art, the next seven weeks are likely to be a nonstop Easter season for the faithful. Chris Willman, Variety, 31 Aug. 2022 Against the bright cobalt colored rim, a dish of tomatoes and sunny pops of trout roe in the center looked like fascinators clipped to the top of a church bonnet. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Aug. 2022 But my favorite jerk option was chicken wings — charred, moist, and zingy, with a dipping sauce that cut the fire of scotch bonnet with a sweetish rum-and-mango chutney. Rand Richards Cooper, Hartford Courant, 2 May 2022 Festivities include Easter bonnet contest, face painting, music and egg hunt for children ages 2 to 10. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2022 In order to preserve your braids once they're installed, Smith recommends wrapping your hair in a silk or satin scarf or a long bonnet to protect hair from frizz and unraveling. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 30 May 2022 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, 24 May 2018 Chris Murray with the Scotch Bonnets The L.A.-based ska and reggae singer performs. Carrie Donovan, Washington Post, 26 July 2017 See More

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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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1 Oct 2022

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“Bonnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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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

Bonnet biographical name

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

Definition of Bonnet

Georges-Étienne 1889–1973 French politician and diplomat


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