[ suhn-bon-it ]

  1. 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

Other words from sunbonnet

  • sun·bon·net·ed, adjective

Words Nearby sunbonnet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sunbonnet in a sentence

  • Then his glance wandered down past the checked sunbonnet and the long-sleeved gingham apron to the cause of her leisurely gait.

    Mildred's Inheritance | Annie Fellows Johnston
  • He pushed the sunbonnet back and patted her roguishly on the head.

    Patchwork | Anna Balmer Myers
  • So I pulled my sunbonnet over my face, and went to weeding the flowerbeds, to get cool.

  • A sunbonnet hid her lovely face, and an old black cape completed the outfit.

    The Blue and The Gray | A. R. White
  • In her pink cotton frock, and blooming like a rose in the shade of her frilled pink sunbonnet, Sheba was fair to see.

British Dictionary definitions for sunbonnet


/ (ˈsʌnˌbɒnɪt) /

  1. 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 forms of sunbonnet

  • sunbonneted, adjective

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