variants or less commonly ferronière
plural -s
: a pendant jewel worn (as by women in 15th century Italy and early 19th century England) in the middle of the forehead

Word History


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

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ferronnière was in 1831

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“Ferronnière.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferronni%C3%A8re. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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