a bonnet with a large brim shading the face and sometimes a piece projecting over the neck, worn by women and children.

Origin of sunbonnet

First recorded in 1815–25; sun + bonnet
Related formssun·bon·net·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sunbonnet

Historical Examples of sunbonnet

  • I lost one shoe in a muddy place, and Jenny lost her sunbonnet.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • She took the cape of her sunbonnet and with it wiped away the unaccustomed tears.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • Christianna got her sunbonnet and tied the strings with trembling fingers.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • He pushed the sunbonnet back and patted her roguishly on the head.


    Anna Balmer Myers

  • But she did not ask Anna to sit down, or to remove her sunbonnet.

    A Little Maid of Old Maine

    Alice Turner Curtis

British Dictionary definitions for sunbonnet



a hat that shades the face and neck from the sun, esp one made of cotton with a projecting brim now worn esp by babies
Derived Formssunbonneted, adjective
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