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war bonnet

an American Indian headdress consisting of a headband with a tail of ornamental feathers.
Origin of war bonnet
First recorded in 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then slowly he removed his war bonnet, put aside his staff, and began to untie the thongs of his doeskin shirt.

    Kiddie the Scout Robert Leighton
  • I waited on war bonnet when he went to the hunt, and learned war-craft from him.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Several bullets passed through his war bonnet, and he was slightly wounded.

    Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • Then Winnedumah put on his war bonnet, and Tinnemaha made medicine.

    The Basket Woman Mary Austin
  • In a hand-to-hand combat of this sort, we count the victor as entitled to a war bonnet of trailing plumes.

    Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • The Prof's a good old scout when he ain't got his war bonnet on.

    Somewhere in Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • None except this feather of a war bonnet I picked up at the big rock below.

    Beyond the Frontier Randall Parrish
  • In two hours we were making a forced march back to war bonnet Creek.

    An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  • Through the battle that followed, the war bonnet was everywhere to be seen in the centre of the most furious fighting.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • He had on a war bonnet with eagle feathers sticking in it around the upper edge, making it look like a grotesque crown.

British Dictionary definitions for war bonnet

war bonnet

a headband with trailing feathers, worn by certain North American Indian warriors as a headdress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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