[kawr-net for 1; kawr-nit, kawr-net for 2–8]



Nearby words

  1. cornerback,
  2. cornered,
  3. cornerman,
  4. cornerstone,
  5. cornerwise,
  6. cornet-à-pistons,
  7. cornetcy,
  8. cornetfish,
  9. cornetist,
  10. cornett

Origin of cornet

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French, Old French, equivalent to corn horn (< Latin cornū; see cornu) + -et -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cornet

British Dictionary definitions for cornet



Also called: cornet à pistons (ˈkɔːnɪt ə ˈpɪstənz, French kɔrnɛ a pistɔ̃) a three-valved brass instrument of the trumpet family. Written range: about two and a half octaves upwards from E below middle C. It is a transposing instrument in B flat or A
a person who plays the cornet
a variant spelling of cornett
a cone-shaped paper container for sweets, etc
British a cone-shaped wafer container for ice cream
(formerly) the lowest rank of commissioned cavalry officer in the British army
Southern African short for field cornet
a starched and wired muslin or lace cap worn by women from the 12th to the 15th centuries
the large white headdress of some nuns

Word Origin for cornet

C14: from Old French, from corn, from Latin cornū horn

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Word Origin and History for cornet



c.1400, "A wind instrument made of wood and provided with six finger holes" [Middle English Dictionary], from Old French cornet (14c.) "a small horn," diminutive of corn "a horn," from Latin cornu "horn" (see horn (n.)). Modern use is short for cornet-à-pistons "cornet with pistons."

The quality of the tone is penetrating and unsympathetic, by no means equal to that of the trumpet, for which it is commonly substituted. ["cornet" entry in "Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia," 1902]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper