- a hat, usually tying under the chin and often framing the face, formerly much worn by women but now worn mostly by children.
- Informal. any hat worn by women.
- Chiefly Scot. a man's or boy's cap.
- a bonnetlike headdress: an Indian war bonnet.
- any of various hoods, covers, or protective devices.
- a cowl, hood, or wind cap for a fireplace or chimney, to stabilize the draft.
- the part of a valve casing through which the stem passes and that forms a guide and seal for the stem.
- a chamber at the top of a hot-air furnace from which the leaders emerge.
- Chiefly British. an automobile hood.
- Nautical. a supplementary piece of canvas laced to the foot of a fore-and-aft sail, especially a jib, in light winds.
- to put a bonnet on.
Origin of bonnet
- Georges [zhawrzh] /ʒɔrʒ/, 1889–1973, French statesman.
Examples from the Web for bonnet
While we were discussing the advisability of my departure Geneviève reappeared in the doorway without her bonnet.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
I always had this sort of bee in my bonnet about doing my own thing.Virgin Heir Sam Branson’s Drug War
December 7, 2012
In this slim ode to books, the author muses on the life of a serious reader—with Bonnet himself being the ultimate example.
Phantoms On the Bookshelves by Jacques Bonnet Bonnet owns more than 40,000 books.
The normal reaction of a publisher when faced with an author with a bee in his bonnet is to grab the check and run.Summer's Last Beach Read
August 27, 2009
Mrs. Roberts recognized the bonnet and cape with a smile of satisfaction.
Remember, Dirk had never but twice seen his sister in a bonnet.
An' she 'lowed she didn't want no bonnet, but would like to change her pinny.Quaint Courtships
Her shawl was dragged to one side, and her bonnet sat rakishly.Tiverton Tales
Only to my own room, to put on my bonnet; the carriage will be here in a few minutes.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- any of various hats worn, esp formerly, by women and girls, usually framing the face and tied with ribbons under the chin
- Also called: (in Scotland) bunnet (ˈbʌnɪt)
- a soft cloth cap
- formerly, a flat brimless cap worn by men
- the hinged metal part of a motor vehicle body that provides access to the engine, or to the luggage space in a rear-engined vehicle
- a cowl on a chimney
- nautical a piece of sail laced to the foot of a foresail to give it greater area in light winds
- (in the US and Canada) a headdress of feathers worn by some tribes of American Indians, esp formerly as a sign of war
Word Origin and History for bonnet
late 14c., Scottish bonat "brimless hat for men," from Old French bonet, short for chapel de bonet, from bonet (12c., Modern French bonnet) "kind of cloth used as a headdress," from Medieval Latin bonitum "material for hats," perhaps a shortening of Late Latin abonnis "a kind of cap" (7c.), which is perhaps from a Germanic source.
- Swiss naturalist who discovered parthenogenesis when he observed that aphid eggs could develop without fertilization. Bonnet was also one of the first scientists to study photosynthesis.
Idioms and Phrases with bonnet
see bee in one's bonnet.