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  1. 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


noun (in Elizabethan drama)
  1. 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


  1. sennit.


or sen·net

  1. a flat, braided cordage, formed by plaiting strands of rope yarn or other fiber, used as small stuff aboard ships.
  2. 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

Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for sennet


  1. a fanfare: used as a stage direction in Elizabethan drama

Word Origin

C16: probably variant of signet (meaning ``a sign'')


  1. a flat braided cordage used on ships
  2. plaited straw, grass, palm leaves, etc, as for making hats

Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin
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