sun·​bon·​net | \ ˈsən-ˌbä-nət How to pronounce sunbonnet (audio) \

Definition of sunbonnet

: a woman's bonnet with a wide brim framing the face and usually having a ruffle at the back to protect the neck from the sun

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Recent Examples on the Web There were crinoline explosions and Panama teardrops, tiny little fascinators and huge brimmed sunbonnets. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Style And Substance At Sassy Chapeau Hat Show," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of sunbonnet

1820, in the meaning defined above

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“Sunbonnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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sun·​bon·​net | \ ˈsən-ˌbä-nət How to pronounce sunbonnet (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunbonnet

: a bonnet with a wide curving brim that shades the face and usually a ruffle at the back that protects the neck from the sun

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