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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. 2018.
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  • I waited on war bonnet when he went to the hunt, and learned war-craft from him.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Then Winnedumah put on his war bonnet, and Tinnemaha made medicine.

    The Basket Woman Mary Austin
  • The Prof's a good old scout when he ain't got his war bonnet on.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • 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.

  • Every feather was cut from his war bonnet, but not a bullet hit him, nor his medicine that he carried on it.

    Jack, the Young Ranchman

    George Bird Grinnell
  • In doublet or jack boots or war bonnet, in a toga, even, he might have mastered the dilemma and carried off a dubious situation.

    The Life of the Party Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Jerking his war bonnet off, I scientifically scalped him in about five seconds.

    The Adventures of Buffalo Bill Col. William F. Cody
  • 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
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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