- any of several small barracudas, as Sphyraena borealis (northern sennet), ranging along the eastern coast of North and Central America.
Origin of sennet1
First recorded in 1665–75; origin uncertain
- a set of notes played on the trumpet or cornet to mark the entrance or exit of a group of actors.
Origin of sennet2
First recorded in 1580–90; variant of signet
- a flat, braided cordage, formed by plaiting strands of rope yarn or other fiber, used as small stuff aboard ships.
- braided straw or grass used in making hats.
Also sin·net [sin-it] /ˈsɪn ɪt/.
Origin of sennit
First recorded in 1760–70; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for sennet
Every description of mat, from the sennet to the thick pile mat worked in patterns, was made.The Vagrancy Problem.
William Harbutt Dawson
These seem to point to a derivation of the word from sonare, and thus the spelling ought to be sonnet, not sennet.Shakespeare and Music
Edward W. Naylor
Sennet appears to be a particular tune or mode of martial musick.Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies
- a fanfare: used as a stage direction in Elizabethan drama
C16: probably variant of signet (meaning ``a sign'')
- a flat braided cordage used on ships
- plaited straw, grass, palm leaves, etc, as for making hats
C17: of unknown origin
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