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 Clearing earth by hand and trowel over the course of a yearslong job, Raynor’s diggers uncover bodies wearing wooden prosthetics, as well as the Dickensian bonnets that used to hold the deads’ mouths closed. Megan Gannon, Popular Science, "Archaeologists and construction workers are teaming up to unearth historic relics," 13 Apr. 2020 The hair bonnet gets thrown away, the gown and scrubs head to hospital laundry, and the face shield and N95 mask — the crucial covering that keeps Jenkins from inhaling coronavirus-laden droplets — go into a numbered bag to be reused. Sarah Feldberg,, "For Bay Area health care givers, coming home fraught with risk," 29 Mar. 2020 The work, which is on loan from the Gemäldegalerie museum in Berlin, depicts a bonnet-wearing woman standing by an open window and weighing money at a low table. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "New Exhibition Leads to Discovery of Dutch Painter’s Signature and Fingerprint," 2 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, the Little Bo-Peep costume consisted of a pink dress and tutu with a bonnet, while the pup in the Buzz Lightyear costume rocked Buzz’s iconic spacesuit and a purple hood. Helen Murphy,, "Kylie Jenner Gets Ready for Halloween by Dressing Up Her Dogs in Toy Story Costumes," 15 Oct. 2019 McBride-Teahan, 54, defended her monkeys — a black-capped capuchin named Paula, a patas named Zoey and a bonnet macaque named Kalie Anna — at a city council meeting last week. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Woman fights to keep ’emotional support monkeys’ after neighbor complains," 16 Sep. 2019 The baskets, bonnets and bunnies all help put gloom to bed. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "No Easter egg hunts due to coronavirus? This Indiana city has come up with a solution," 1 Apr. 2020 Connect your Pi to a suitable monitor and connect the bonnet and the Circuit Playground via USB. Andy Clark, Popular Science, "DDR DIY: How to build your own dance game with a Raspberry Pi," 9 Jan. 2020 Sarah Dremsa of Waukesha wore her Easter bonnet to services. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It makes you feel as if you're not missing God': Pewaukee church holds Easter sermon in a parking lot," 12 Apr. 2020 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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The first known use of bonnet was in the 15th century

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“Bonnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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