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coronet

[kawr-uh-nit, -net, kor-, kawr-uh-net, kor-] /ˈkɔr ə nɪt, -ˌnɛt, ˈkɒr-, ˌkɔr əˈnɛt, ˌkɒr-/
noun
1.
a small crown.
2.
a crown worn by nobles or peers.
3.
a crownlike ornament for the head, as of gold or jewels.
4.
an ornament, more or less pedimental in form, situated over a door or window.
5.
the lowest part of the pastern of a horse or other hoofed animal, just above the hoof.
6.
Also called crest coronet. Heraldry. a crownlike support for a crest, used in place of a torse.
Origin of coronet
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, coronet is from the Middle English word corounet. See crown, -et
Related forms
coronetlike, adjective
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  • She arranged the coronet carefully with small pearl-topped pins.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "She may find her way to a coronet without that," said Davis, rudely.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • I 'm prouder with that old hat on my head than with the coronet; tell them that.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • Will you have Isabella, who is angling for a coronet, but would not refuse you if you are rich enough?

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • This coronet and initials proclaim them to have been once your own.

  • His friend had even hinted at the correct reproduction of his coronet.

    Pandora Henry James
  • This marked man of the world had added that the Americans are greatly impressed by a coronet.

    Pandora Henry James
  • And there, upon a broken shell, lay the little rower's coronet.

  • The carefully-packed articles were a coffin-plate and coronet.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for coronet

coronet

/ˈkɒrənɪt/
noun
1.
any small crown, esp one worn by princes or peers as a mark of rank
2.
a woman's jewelled circlet for the head
3.
the margin between the skin of a horse's pastern and the horn of the hoof
4.
the knob at the base of a deer's antler
5.
(heraldry) a support for a crest shaped like a crown
Word Origin
C15: from Old French coronete a little crown, from coronecrown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for coronet
n.

"a small crown," late 15c., from Old French coronete, diminutive of corone "a crown," from Latin corona "crown" (see crown (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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