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[fruhnt-lit] /ˈfrʌnt lɪt/
Also, frontal. a decorative band, ribbon, or the like, worn across the forehead:
The princess wore a richly bejeweled frontlet.
the forehead of an animal.
Ornithology. the forehead when marked by a different color or texture of the plumage.
Judaism. the phylactery worn on the forehead.
Origin of frontlet
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English frontlet < Old French, diminutive of frontel frontal Unabridged
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  • He put a bow and arrows in its hands, and the frontlet on its head.

  • He put a bow and arrows in his hands, and the frontlet on his head.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • Cortes reined his horse, bloody from hoof to frontlet, by the edge of the chasm.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • From frontlet to tail, the horse likewise shone red in the sunset.

    Phantastes George MacDonald
  • Gatty for ever smiles upon you; and frontlet disdains to see you smile.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899 George A. Aitken
  • frontlet will never be chosen more; and Gatty is a toast for life.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899 George A. Aitken
  • Gatty likes the man that diverts her; frontlet him who adores her.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899 George A. Aitken
  • However, as the calculations point to 1, it is probable there was originally another element to the frontlet.

  • Its face, however, was of a deeper brown around the bases of the horns and over the frontlet tinged with rufous.

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • All persons having an income of £10 a year and over will have that black velvet loop, the frontlet, sewn into their hats.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop
British Dictionary definitions for frontlet


Also called frontal. a small decorative loop worn on a woman's forehead, projecting from under her headdress, in the 15th century
the forehead of an animal, esp of a bird when it is a different colour from the rest of the head
the decorated border of an altar frontal
(Judaism) a phylactery worn on the forehead See also tefillah
Word Origin
C15: from Old French frontelet a little frontal
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Word Origin and History for frontlet

from Old French frontelet, diminutive of frontel (Modern French fronteau) "forehead, front of a helmet, hairband," from Late Latin frontale "an ornament for the forehead," from frons (see front (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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