Definition of unbonnet in English:



[NO OBJECT]archaic
  • Remove one's hat, especially as a mark of respect.

    ‘he stood unbonneted before his good master’
    • ‘Unlike some other notabilities, he did not immediately unbonnet himself to display his capacious forehead, nor did he pause and look around to attract and gratify his admirers.’
    • ‘Henry Bellows commented in the Christian Inquirer, ‘Place woman unbonneted and unshawled before the public gaze, and what becomes of her modesty and her virtue?’’
    • ‘The Chief, with Count Rochambeau on his left, unbonneted, walked through.’
    • ‘Fiona Macleod tells of an old Gaelic peasant who stood unbonneted at sunrise, and who answered, when questioned, ‘Every morning like this I take off my hat to the beauty of the world.’’
    • ‘There has been another spectator, in the person of a woman in the common shop; the lowest of the low; dirty, unbonneted, flaunting, and slovenly.’