variants: or less commonly ferronière \ ¦ferən¦ye(ə)r \
plural -s

Definition of ferronnière

: a pendant jewel worn (as by women in 15th century Italy and early 19th century England) in the middle of the forehead

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First Known Use of ferronnière

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ferronnière

French ferronnière, after La Belle Ferronnière, portrait of a woman wearing such a jewel painted by Leonardo da Vinci †1519 Italian artist

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“Ferronnière.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferronni%C3%A8re. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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