cor·​o·​net | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈnet How to pronounce coronet (audio) , ˌkär-\

Definition of coronet

1 : a small or lesser crown usually signifying a rank below that of a sovereign
2 : a wreath or band for the head usually for wear by women on formal occasions
3 : the lower part of a horse's pastern where the horn terminates in skin — see horse illustration

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Synonyms for coronet


chaplet, coronal (also coronel), crown, diadem

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Examples of coronet in a Sentence

the prince wore a small gold coronet to denote his rank

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Knowing that the ceremony would last about three hours, it's reported that many in attendance snuck sandwiches and beverages into their coronets. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Queen Elizabeth II's Groundbreaking Coronation," 10 June 2019 The centuries-old custom involved the Secretary of State of Wales reading the Letters Patent in Welsh, while the Queen bestowed upon Charles five pieces of insignia: a sword, coronet, ring, the gold rod, and the kingly mantle. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Look Back at Prince Charles's Investiture as the Prince of Wales, 50 Years Later," 3 Mar. 2019 Prince Albert designed the coronet for his wife in 1840, the year the two married. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Stunning Crown Is Set to Go on View at the V&A Museum," 5 Feb. 2019 The decision for the design almost certainly comes down that mysterious ol’ classic of royal protocol, as there’s potentially complications involving placing the royal coronet above the initial of a non-royal male marrying into the family. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding China Has Left Royal Family Fans Slightly Confused," 1 Oct. 2018 When the soon-to-be Duchess of York and her father, Major Ronald Ferguson walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey, her diamond tiara was hidden under a coronet of gardenias. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Fascinating Story Behind Sarah Ferguson's Wedding Tiara," 28 July 2018 The simple design incorporates the first letters of Harry and Meghan's names into one elegant icon, topped with a coronet. Lindsey V Thompson, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Joint Monogram Has Been Revealed," 27 July 2018 At 2:48, a close-up of the monogram shows that Meghan and Harry have combined the 'H' and 'M' in their names under a coronet to create their royal cypher, which is endearingly in royal blue. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Here's Your First Look at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Joint Royal Monogram," 26 July 2018 The statement released today also revealed Meghan's new letterhead: the letter M topped with a crown, the same as the coronet on her coat of arms. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Meghan Markle's Coat of Arms Compares to the Middletons'," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of coronet

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coronet

borrowed from Anglo-French (Middle French couronnette, Old French coronete), from corone, coroune crown entry 1 + -ette, -ete -ette

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The first known use of coronet was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of coronet

: a small crown


cor·​o·​net | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈnet How to pronounce coronet (audio) \

Kids Definition of coronet

1 : a small crown worn by a person of noble but less than royal rank
2 : an ornamental wreath or band worn around the head


cor·​o·​net | \ ˌkȯr-ə-ˈnet, ˌkär- How to pronounce coronet (audio) \

Medical Definition of coronet

: the lower part of a horse's pastern where the horn terminates in skin

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