- a conical or heart-shaped hat, sometimes extremely high, with a flowing veil or piece of starched linen about the crown, worn by women in the 15th century.
Origin of hennin
1850–55; < French, Middle French, perhaps < Middle Dutch henninck rooster, from a fancied resemblance of the hat to a rooster's comb
Also called steeple headdress.
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Examples from the Web for hennin
Her coif was the tall medieval hennin of Plougastel, a flood of lace falling from its summit.A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
No doubt ladies were just human in those days, and fussed and frittered over an inch or so of hennin, or a yard or two of train.English Costume
Dion Clayton Calthrop
Wearing a hennin on her head, she was praying on bended knees before a stained-glass window.Sentimental Education Vol 1