[ bon-it ]
/ ˈbɒn ɪt /


verb (used with object)

to put a bonnet on.


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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


bon·net·less, adjectivebon·net·like, adjective

Definition for bonnet (2 of 2)

[ baw-ne ]
/ bɔˈnɛ /


Georges [zhawrzh] /ʒɔrʒ/,1889–1973, French statesman. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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Scientific 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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