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[suhn-bon-it] /ˈsʌnˌbɒn ɪt/
a bonnet with a large brim shading the face and sometimes a piece projecting over the neck, worn by women and children.
Origin of sunbonnet
First recorded in 1815-25; sun + bonnet
Related forms
sunbonneted, adjective Unabridged
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  • I lost one shoe in a muddy place, and Jenny lost her sunbonnet.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic Olive Thorne Miller
  • She took the cape of her sunbonnet and with it wiped away the unaccustomed tears.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Christianna got her sunbonnet and tied the strings with trembling fingers.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • He pushed the sunbonnet back and patted her roguishly on the head.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • But she did not ask Anna to sit down, or to remove her sunbonnet.

    A Little Maid of Old Maine Alice Turner Curtis
  • Her face is always tanned in summer, for her sunbonnet is oftener on her arm than on her head.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • He seemed to feel the focus of the sunbonnet boring into his system.

  • She turned quickly, pushing back the sunbonnet from her eyes.

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky Eliza Calvert Hall
  • Mother made me wear the sunbonnet because my hair is still wet.

  • The string of Peggy's sunbonnet had become untied—so had her right shoe.

British Dictionary definitions for sunbonnet


a hat that shades the face and neck from the sun, esp one made of cotton with a projecting brim now worn esp by babies
Derived Forms
sunbonneted, adjective
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