Definition of bonnet in English:

bonnet

noun

  • 1A woman's or child's hat tied under the chin, typically with a brim framing the face.

    • ‘Marietta slowly wrapped her light shawl around her shoulders, then tied on her bonnet, taking one last glance at Nathan.’
    • ‘They left after Geneva found her bonnet and tied the strings under her chin perfectly, and they both put on their coats.’
    • ‘One was for prominent Bollywood directors, the other was for the Jane Austen society who turned up to the screening in Bath dressed in bonnets and top hats.’
    • ‘To heighten the tension, the Amish group is dressed in traditional attire that includes bonnets and suspenders.’
    • ‘They often looked quite picturesque, the womenfolk in their bonnets and the men folk in their straw hats.’
    • ‘Easter is next week and that means little kids in cute dresses and bonnets, not down jackets and knit caps.’
    • ‘Pioneer women wore bonnets and gloves to keep their skin white while plowing the fields.’
    • ‘Straw boaters, summer bonnets and picnic baskets will be the order of the day although limited refreshments will be provided at the venue.’
    • ‘From inside his coat he produced her bonnet, battered and dirty.’
    • ‘They had decided to revert to the old-style button-up tunics and bonnets.’
    • ‘She was a beautiful woman, her skin was fair and pale and her chestnut brown hair was soft a silky in the sun when she took her bonnet off.’
    • ‘Her curly blonde hair was pulled into a tight bun atop her head, and she was wearing a white bonnet that matched her black maids' frock and white apron.’
    • ‘Large turquoise bonnets with tiny birds around the brim.’
    • ‘It was a straw bonnet with light blue lace ribbon around it.’
    • ‘Women's costumes in Normandy include white, flared bonnets and dresses with wide, elbow-length sleeves.’
    • ‘She had many bonnets, but the new style was a small hat that did nothing to shade the sun from your eyes but tied underneath your chin with beautiful silk strings.’
    • ‘Dresses irked him, let alone such things as bonnets, gloves, and parasols.’
    • ‘I began tying the bonnet ribbon under my chin as I made my way to her.’
    • ‘Men often dressed in baggy black pants and wide-brimmed hats, while women wore voluminous black dresses, embroidered bodices, and lace bonnets.’
    • ‘A plump woman in a black dress with a white bonnet and apron had come out of the parlor, a feather duster in her hand.’
    1. 1.1The ceremonial feathered headdress of an American Indian.
      • ‘To represent the Illini with a Plains Indian war bonnet, and to dress the mascot in the military regalia of a Sioux warrior, is therefore totally inaccurate.’
      • ‘I lived in Leicester, and when he came down that gangplank he was like 10 feet tall with this great war bonnet on.’
      • ‘He removes his war bonnet and plants his sword at the foot of the throne.’
      • ‘Troy made a fabulous war bonnet and reported on the Plains Indians replete with buffalo, tepee, and travois information.’
      • ‘A respected art dealer is busted for selling a Cheyenne war bonnet.’
    2. 1.2A soft round brimless hat like a beret, especially as worn by men and boys in Scotland.
      • ‘Hard to miss, especially as they turned out in full dress uniform with plaids and feather bonnets on what turned out to be a warm day.’
      • ‘He is depicted clothed in this painting, wearing a feathered bonnet, and again confronts the viewer directly.’
      • ‘Armed to the teeth and clad in kilt, tartan hose and bonnet, he looks every inch the clan chieftain.’
      • ‘His bald head was currently covered with a bonnet.’
      • ‘They were Scotsmen in kilts, brandishing bayonets and wearing feathered bonnets.’
      • ‘And while these elderly gents may look faintly ridiculous when they troop out in their finery of tartan trews, Lincoln green tunics and feathered bonnets they are all serious people.’
      • ‘Gurkhas and Scots Highlanders have always had a close mutual affinity and the Gurkha bagpipe and diced bonnet are directly drawn from those of their comrades.’
      • ‘As he walks up the final fairway, waving a new tartan bonnet, the crowd rise in tribute to a great champion.’
      • ‘After fierce fighting the Mahratta front line on the British left was broken by the 78th Highlanders, majestic giants in kilts and feathered bonnets.’
    3. 1.3Heraldry
      The velvet cap within a coronet.
      • ‘Hanover became a kingdom in 1816, and the bonnet was replaced by a German royal crown.’
      • ‘Then the royal procession, with Baroness Amos carrying the cap of maintenance, a sort of scarlet bonnet with red trim.’
      • ‘The Knights and Ladies of the Garter were dressed in dark blue velvet robes, red velvet hoods, and black velvet bonnets topped with swaying ostrich plumes.’
  • 2British The hood of an automobile.

    • ‘It drives really well, and it was surprisingly easy to manoeuvre, bearing in mind that long bonnet.’
    • ‘There is nothing he loves more than opening the bonnet of his Vauxhall Nova and getting his hands covered in oil.’
    • ‘On top of that goes a neat Jaguar-style rear and front grille along with some familiar Ford door and bonnet styling.’
    • ‘The officer suffered a serious head wound when she was thrown from the car's bonnet while trying to stop it leaving the car park.’
    • ‘A family who left their £23,000 car with an airport parking firm while they went on holiday returned to find it caked in mud and the doors and bonnet damaged.’
    • ‘People shouted a warning to the 26-year-old, but he was unable to get out the way and was thrown over the car's bonnet, landing on the road.’
    • ‘Have a good fiddle with the doors, boot, bonnet and windows to make sure they all work as they should.’
    • ‘It had doors, bonnet, boot lid, seats and all manner of bits and bobs from other Avengers.’
    • ‘They removed the bonnet and the air filter but took nothing else.’
    • ‘I've got substantial front-end damage - bumper, bonnet, cross-member and sill.’
    • ‘The Saxo should be well behaved around town as long as you remember that there is a lot of power under that sleek bonnet.’
    • ‘The combination of the view over the long curvaceous bonnet coupled with the chunky gearbox gives a false impression of size.’
    • ‘He suffered severe bruising and cuts to his arm and face and more than £1,000 worth of damage to his car - mainly to the windows and bonnet.’
    • ‘The sleek looks of that sweeping bonnet with the racing style grille together with the rear spoiler just say ‘racing machine’ to me.’
    • ‘Even with its long saloon body and big proud bonnet, this car feels and reacts like a sports car.’
    • ‘Every time he reverses he crushes someone's bonnet.’
    • ‘Collard's race effectively ended, however, when his car's bonnet dramatically flew up into its windscreen and he was forced to pit for repairs.’
    • ‘Sold only in Britain, it's styled to look like the flagship model, but under the bonnet you get a diesel engine that makes the sounds of the canal when you start it up.’
    • ‘He got out of his car to chase after the youths and met another driver whose car bonnet had been bit by a brick.’
    • ‘I particularly like the reflections of the sky and the traffic lights in the car's bonnet.’
    tip, nose cone
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  • 3A cowl on a chimney.

    • ‘Bonnet cowl with collar available with 75mm deep collar for ornamental chimney pots.’
    • ‘The insert on the top is often called the Hood or bonnet top, and is frequently incorrectly mistaken as a terminal that can be used with a live flue.’
    • ‘Should I not have the Chimney Cowl in stock I will put on the Mesh Bonnet Cowl (pictured above right), these both cost the same to supply and fit.’
    • ‘This is a method and apparatus for providing a flashing system for a chimney-bonnet positioned on a chimney of a building structure.’
    • ‘Also called the bonnet, the chimney cap is the cornice at the top of the chimney.’
  • 4Sailing
    historical An additional canvas laced to the foot of a sail to catch more wind.

    • ‘Another way to reduce sail is to build a sail with removable sections called bonnets and drabbiers.’
    • ‘When you shortened sail, you began by lowering the yard a bit, removing a bonnet, and re-reeving tacks and sheets.’
    • ‘Seventeenth century square riggers often had a bonnet - an additional horizontal panel of sail-that could be laced to the main, giving it some flexibility.’
    • ‘For fine weather sailing one or two ‘bonnets’ are added to the foot of the sail; we sailed with one bonnet of 210 sqft added to the main.’
    • ‘When a greater spread of sail was required, a piece called a bonnet was added to the foot of the sail, and a further piece called a drabbler could be added to that.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a soft brimless hat for men): from Old French bonet, from medieval Latin abonnis headgear bonnet dates from the late 15th century.

Pronunciation:

bonnet

/ˈbänət/