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bonnet rouge

[baw-ne roozh] /bɔ nɛ ˈruʒ/
noun, plural bonnets rouges
[baw-ne roozh] /bɔ nɛ ˈruʒ/ (Show IPA).
a red liberty cap, worn by extremists during the French Revolution.
an extremist or radical. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • It was about liberty, equality, and fraternity, and the bonnet rouge was displayed.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • Upon his head is a bonnet rouge, or in other words, a red night-cap.

    Old Quebec

    Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
  • After a few minutes' conversation, I laughingly inquired what he had done with the bonnet rouge.

    A Residence in France J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The good woman had been waiting at the door of the "bonnet rouge" and had sprang into the carriage the moment it stopped.

    Which? Ernest Daudet
  • A ship with the tricolor moved up with the flood, a bonnet rouge at the masthead, as was common.

    The Red City

    S. Weir Mitchell
  • As the Revolution approached he sympathised with its hopes and fears; the professor donned the bonnet rouge.

  • The smoking-cap is exchanged for the bonnet rouge, and the silence of the sage for the clamour of the demagogue.

  • Men armed with pikes, and wearing the bonnet rouge, reappeared, and eclipsed the uniforms.

    History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
  • The citizens, who have adopted the bonnet rouge through a laudable patriotism, will lose nothing by laying it aside.

    History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
  • The queen took the bonnet rouge from this man's hands, and placed it herself on the dauphin's head.

    History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
British Dictionary definitions for bonnet rouge

bonnet rouge

/bɔnɛ ruʒ/
a red cap worn by ardent supporters of the French Revolution
an extremist or revolutionary
Word Origin
literally: red cap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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