war·​bon·​net ˈwȯr-ˌbä-nət How to pronounce warbonnet (audio)
: an American Indian ceremonial headdress often with a feathered extension down the back

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Examples of warbonnet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among my People, the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation), the warbonnet was only given to those who earned each and every eagle feather through bravery, self-sacrifice and great deeds of valor. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, 12 Nov. 2019 Disrespecting the warbonnet is a grievous wrong and dishonors the likes of all who earned them with pride, like Sitting Bull and Rain-in-the-Face. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, 12 Nov. 2019 This week on the @natgeo Instagram, a swimmer navigates Devil's Eye Spring, meerkats embrace in Botswana, and a mosshead warbonnet peeks its head out of the neck of a bottle. Steve Winter, National Geographic, 9 Sep. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of warbonnet was in 1810

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“Warbonnet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warbonnet. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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war·​bon·​net ˈwȯr-ˌbän-ət How to pronounce warbonnet (audio)
: a long feathered ceremonial American Indian headdress

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