[ bon-it ]
/ ˈbɒn ɪt /


verb (used with object)

to put a bonnet on.

Nearby words

  1. bonne bouche,
  2. bonne femme,
  3. bonne foi,
  4. bonne nuit,
  5. bonnes,
  6. bonnet glass,
  7. bonnet monkey,
  8. bonnet rouge,
  9. bonnet shark,
  10. bonnet top

Origin of bonnet

1375–1425; late Middle English bonet < Middle French; Old French bonet material from which hats are made, perhaps < Old Low Franconian *bunni something bound (< Germanic *bund-, noun derivative of *bind- bind; cf. bundle), with -et -et; compare Late Latin abonnis, obbonis ribbon forming part of a headdress < Germanic, with a prefix corresponding to Middle High German obe- above

Related formsbon·net·less, adjectivebon·net·like, adjective


[ baw-ne ]
/ bɔˈnɛ /


Georges [zhawrzh] /ʒɔrʒ/, 1889–1973, French statesman. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bonnet


/ (ˈbɒnɪt) /


any of various hats worn, esp formerly, by women and girls, usually framing the face and tied with ribbons under the chin
Also called: (in Scotland) bunnet (ˈbʌnɪt)
  1. a soft cloth cap
  2. formerly, a flat brimless cap worn by men
the hinged metal part of a motor vehicle body that provides access to the engine, or to the luggage space in a rear-engined vehicle
a cowl on a chimney
nautical a piece of sail laced to the foot of a foresail to give it greater area in light winds
(in the US and Canada) a headdress of feathers worn by some tribes of American Indians, esp formerly as a sign of war

Word Origin for bonnet

C14: from Old French bonet, from Medieval Latin abonnis, of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for bonnet



late 14c., Scottish bonat "brimless hat for men," from Old French bonet, short for chapel de bonet, from bonet (12c., Modern French bonnet) "kind of cloth used as a headdress," from Medieval Latin bonitum "material for hats," perhaps a shortening of Late Latin abonnis "a kind of cap" (7c.), which is perhaps from a Germanic source.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for bonnet


[ bô-nĕ ]
Charles 1720-1793

Swiss naturalist who discovered parthenogenesis when he observed that aphid eggs could develop without fertilization. Bonnet was also one of the first scientists to study photosynthesis.
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Idioms and Phrases with bonnet


see bee in one's bonnet.

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