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war bonnet

  1. an American Indian headdress consisting of a headband with a tail of ornamental feathers.
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Origin of war bonnet

First recorded in 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for war bonnet

Historical Examples

  • One snatches off the war-bonnet, another the collar of bears' claws.

    The Arrow-Maker

    Mary Austin

  • This means a war-bonnet for my son-in-law—a story for coming generations!

  • I asked him if they were all on horseback and he said that they were, that one of them wore a war-bonnet.

  • There lives the eagle, whose feathers the Indian must have to make his war-bonnet.

    Last of the Great Scouts

    Helen Cody Wetmore

  • He wore the war-bonnet of the Sioux, and at his shoulder was a rifle, pointed at someone in the bottom below him.

    An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody)

    Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)

British Dictionary definitions for war bonnet

war bonnet

  1. a headband with trailing feathers, worn by certain North American Indian warriors as a headdress
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