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  1. Also frontal. a decorative band, ribbon, or the like, worn across the forehead: The princess wore a richly bejeweled frontlet.
  2. the forehead of an animal.
  3. Ornithology. the forehead when marked by a different color or texture of the plumage.
  4. Judaism. the phylactery worn on the forehead.
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Origin of frontlet

1425–75; late Middle English frontlet < Old French, diminutive of frontel frontal
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Examples from the Web for frontlet

Historical Examples of frontlet

  • He put a bow and arrows in its hands, and the frontlet on its head.

    Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian


  • He put a bow and arrows in his hands, and the frontlet on his head.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

  • Cortes reined his horse, bloody from hoof to frontlet, by the edge of the chasm.

    The Fair God

    Lew Wallace

  • From frontlet to tail, the horse likewise shone red in the sunset.


    George MacDonald

  • Gatty for ever smiles upon you; and Frontlet disdains to see you smile.

British Dictionary definitions for frontlet


  1. Also called: frontal a small decorative loop worn on a woman's forehead, projecting from under her headdress, in the 15th century
  2. the forehead of an animal, esp of a bird when it is a different colour from the rest of the head
  3. the decorated border of an altar frontal
  4. Judaism a phylactery worn on the foreheadSee also tefillah
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Word Origin for frontlet

C15: from Old French frontelet a little frontal
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Word Origin and History for frontlet


from Old French frontelet, diminutive of frontel (Modern French fronteau) "forehead, front of a helmet, hairband," from Late Latin frontale "an ornament for the forehead," from frons (see front (n.)).

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