ferronnière

noun fer·ron·nière \¦ferən¦ye(ə)r\
variants: less commonly

ferronière

\¦ferən¦ye(ə)r\

Definition of ferronnière

plural

-s

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of ferronnière

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


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