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

Nearby words

  1. frontis,
  2. frontispiece,
  3. frontlash,
  4. frontless,
  5. frontlessly,
  6. frontline,
  7. frontlist,
  8. frontman,
  9. fronto,
  10. fronto-

Origin of frontlet

1425–75; late Middle English frontlet < Old French, diminutive of frontel frontal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frontlet



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

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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