hennin

[ hen-in ]
/ ˈhɛn ɪn /

noun

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.

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Also called steeple headdress.

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
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Example sentences from the Web for hennin

  • Her coif was the tall medieval hennin of Plougastel, a flood of lace falling from its summit.

  • Wearing a hennin on her head, she was praying on bended knees before a stained-glass window.

  • 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.

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