coronet

noun

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

Example Sentences

the prince wore a small gold coronet to denote his rank
Recent Examples on the Web Their unnatural gold tint had a coronet pattern, softer in glow around the iris. Ishion Hutchinson, The New Yorker, 5 Nov. 2022 The image opens the exhibition, along with the dress and coronet that the 11-year-old Princess Elizabeth wore. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 21 July 2022 For their July 4, 1999 wedding at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, David, 46, and Victoria, 47, went with a more opulent aesthetic, down to their golden thrones and the bride's custom diamond and gold coronet by jewelry designer Slim Barrett. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 11 Apr. 2022 On its bend-and-twist miles, principally between the Cahuenga and Sepulveda passes, are a coronet of houses as handsome and costly as jewels, atop slopes and canyons. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 The edge of the bell resembles a coronet, the inspiration for its regal name. Sarah Parvinistaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 As a child, Chelsea played coronet and attended an arts school. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 8 Apr. 2022 Håkon V, who ruled from 1299 to 1319, is often depicted wearing such a coronet. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Dec. 2021 The coronet of milk is cast in a resinous material, and the falling droplet is suspended from a thread. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near coronet

Cite this Entry

“Coronet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coronet. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

coronet

noun
cor·​o·​net ˌkȯr-ə-ˈnet How to pronounce coronet (audio)
ˌkär-
1
: a small crown worn by a noble
2
: an ornamental wreath or band worn around the head
a coronet of flowers

Medical Definition

coronet

noun
cor·​o·​net ˌkȯr-ə-ˈnet, ˌkär- How to pronounce coronet (audio)
: the lower part of a horse's pastern where the horn terminates in skin

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