One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ornamental chain or fillet with a central jewel (especially a pendant), worn around the head.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in World of Fashion. From French ferronnière ornamental chain, band, or plait with a central decoration, worn around the forehead, apparently from La Belle Ferronnière, the title given from the early 18th cent. to a portrait of a beautiful woman wearing such an ornament.
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