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bonnet definition by Webster's New World
- in Scotland, a flat, brimless cap, worn by men and boys
- a hat with a chin ribbon, worn by children and women
- Informal any hat worn by women or girls
- a metal covering, hood, or cowl, as over a fireplace, stove, or chimney for draft or ventilation
- Brit. an automobile hood
- Naut. a strip of canvas fastened by lacing to the bottom of a sail to increase sail area
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French bonet ; from Midieval Latin bonitum aphetic ; from abonnis, kind of cap
bonnet definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A hat of cloth or straw, held in place by ribbons tied under the chin, that is worn by women and children.b. Scots A brimless cap worn by men or boys.
- A removable metal plate over a machine part, such as a valve.
- Chiefly British The hood of an automobile.
- a. A windscreen for a chimney.b. A cover for a fireplace.
- Nautical A strip of canvas laced to a fore-and-aft sail to increase sail area.
Origin: Middle English bonet, cap, from Old French, material for a headdress, perhaps from Medieval Latin obbonis, probably of Germanic origin.