One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small or relatively simple crown, especially as worn by lesser royalty and peers or peeresses.
crown, diadem, tiara, circlet, chaplet, fillet, garland, wreathView synonyms
- ‘Wearing a golden coronet as a Princess of the Blood Royal, she was present at the Coronation of her parents in Westminster Abbey in May, 1937.’
- ‘On the one hand, the pieces were easily distinguishable by easily recognisable symbols atop a pedestal - the King with a crown, the Queen with a coronet and the bishop by a mitre.’
- ‘Thus equipped, she was crowned, with all the trumpets sounding; and, though our account does not mention it, no doubt all the peers and peeresses put on their coronets at that moment.’
- ‘She had on a beautiful necklace of sparkling emeralds, with a diamond coronet.’
- ‘All of this was crowed with a delicate, simple gold coronet.’
- 1.1 A circular decoration for the head, especially one made of flowers.
- ‘The ceremony that was about to happen used four props - the robes of the Orianah's office, the flower coronet that the Orianah wore, a red pear, and lemon juice.’
2another term for burr (sense 7 of the noun)
3The band of tissue on the lowest part of a horse's pastern, containing the horn-producing cells from which the hoof grows.
Late Middle English: from Old French coronete ‘small crown or garland’, diminutive of corone (see crown).
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