What does bonnet mean?

Definitions for bonnet
ˈbɒn ɪtbon·net

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word bonnet.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bonnet, poke bonnetnoun

    a hat tied under the chin

  2. hood, bonnet, cowl, cowlingverb

    protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine

    "there are powerful engines under the hoods of new cars"; "the mechanic removed the cowling in order to repair the plane's engine"

  3. bonnetverb

    dress in a bonnet


  1. bonnetnoun

    A type of hat, once worn by women or children, held in place by ribbons tied under the chin.

  2. bonnetnoun

    A traditional Scottish woollen brimless cap; a bunnet.

  3. bonnetnoun

    The polishing head of a power buffer, often made of wool.

  4. bonnetnoun

    The hinged cover over the engine of a motor car; a hood.

  5. bonnetnoun

    A length of canvas attached to a fore-and-aft sail to increase the pulling power.

  6. Etymology: From bonet, from bonet (Modern bonnet), from bonet, from *, from bundijan, from bhendh-. Compare also abbonis, obbonis, also of origin, from *, from * + *. Cognate with gibunt, bont, 033203300331033F033D03330339. More at over, bundle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bonnet

    In fortification. A kind of little ravelin, without any ditch, having a parapet three feet high, anciently placed before the points of the saliant angles of the glacis; being pallisadoed round: of late also used before the angles of bastions, and the points of ravelins.

  2. Bonnetnoun

    A covering for the head; a hat; a cap.

    Etymology: bonet, Fr.

    Go to them with this bonnet in thy hand,
    And thus far having stretch’d it, here be with them,
    Thy knee buffing the stones; for, in such business,
    Action is eloquence. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    They had not probably the ceremony of veiling the bonnet in their salutations; for, in medals, they still have it on their heads. Joseph Addison, on ancient Medals.


  1. Bonnet

    A Bonnet is a variety of headgear, hat or cap


  1. bonnet

    A bonnet is a type of headwear that can have several meanings based on different cultural contexts and historical periods. It generally refers to a type of hat that is tied under the chin, typically worn by women or children in the past. In more recent times, the term can also refer to a protective covering for machinery or a part of a vehicle, such as the part covering an engine in a car, known as the "bonnet" in British English.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bonnetnoun

    a headdress for men and boys; a cap

  2. Bonnetnoun

    a soft, elastic, very durable cap, made of thick, seamless woolen stuff, and worn by men in Scotland

  3. Bonnetnoun

    a covering for the head, worn by women, usually protecting more or less the back and sides of the head, but no part of the forehead. The shape of the bonnet varies greatly at different times; formerly the front part projected, and spread outward, like the mouth of a funnel

  4. Bonnetnoun

    anything resembling a bonnet in shape or use

  5. Bonnetnoun

    a small defense work at a salient angle; or a part of a parapet elevated to screen the other part from enfilade fire

  6. Bonnetnoun

    a metallic canopy, or projection, over an opening, as a fireplace, or a cowl or hood to increase the draught of a chimney, etc

  7. Bonnetnoun

    a frame of wire netting over a locomotive chimney, to prevent escape of sparks

  8. Bonnetnoun

    a roofing over the cage of a mine, to protect its occupants from objects falling down the shaft

  9. Bonnetnoun

    in pumps, a metal covering for the openings in the valve chambers

  10. Bonnetnoun

    an additional piece of canvas laced to the foot of a jib or foresail in moderate winds

  11. Bonnetnoun

    the second stomach of a ruminating animal

  12. Bonnetnoun

    an accomplice of a gambler, auctioneer, etc., who entices others to bet or to bid; a decoy

  13. Bonnetverb

    to take off the bonnet or cap as a mark of respect; to uncover


  1. Bonnet

    Bonnet is a term for a wide variety of styles of headgear for both sexes, but most often female, which has been in use from the Middle Ages to the present. It is impossible to generalize as to the styles for which the word has been used, any more than for the alternatives of hat or cap, but there is for both sexes a tendency to use the word for styles in soft material and lacking a brim. However the term has also been used, for example, for steel helmets. This was from Scotland, where the term has long been especially popular. Bonnet derives from the same word in French, where it originally indicated a type of material. In the 21st century, only a few kinds of headgear are still referred to as bonnets, most commonly those worn by babies and Scottish soldiers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bonnet

    bon′et, n. a covering for the head worn by women, without a brim, tied on by strings, and now letting the whole face be seen, although formerly a bonnet (esp. a Poke′-bonn′et) covered the sides of the face: a soft cap: the velvet cap within a coronet: (fort.) a small work before the salient or flanked angle of the ravelin: (naut.) an additional part laced to the foot of jibs, or other fore-and-aft sails, to gather more wind: a wire-covering over a chimney-top: a decoy or pretended player or bidder at a gaming-table or an auction, the accomplice of a thimble-rigger or other petty swindler.—v.t. to put a bonnet on: to crush a man's hat over his eyes.—adj. and p.adj. Bonn′eted.—ns. Bonn′et-piece, a gold coin of James V. of Scotland, on which the king wears a bonnet instead of a crown; Bonn′et-rouge, the red cap of liberty of the French Revolution, shaped like a nightcap.—Bonnet laird, a Scotch name for a petty landowner who wore a bonnet, not the hat of the gentry.—Balmoral bonnet, a flat cap resembling the Scotch (Lowland) bonnet; Glengarry bonnet, rising to a point in front, with ribbons hanging down behind; Scotch bonnet, of a broad, round, flat shape, of dark-blue colour, with a tuft on the top, the fabric thick-milled woollen, without seam or lining—like the Basque béret. [O. Fr.—Low L. bonnetum, orig. the name of a stuff.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bonnet

    An additional part laced to the foot of the jibs, or other fore-and-aft sails, in small vessels in moderate weather, to gather more wind. They are commonly one-third of the depth of the sails they belong to. Thus we say, "Lace on the bonnet," or "Shake off the bonnet." Bonnets have lately been introduced to secure the foot of an upper-topsail to a lower-topsail yard. The unbonnetted sail is for storm service. Bonnet, in fortification, is a raised portion of the works at any salient angle, having the same plan, but 10 or 12 feet more command than the work on which it is based. It assists in protecting from enfilade, and affords a plunging fire.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bonnet

    In fortification, is a small defense work constructed at salient angles of the glacis or larger works. It consists of two faces only, with a parapet 3 feet high by 10 or 12 feet broad. There is no ditch. A larger kind, with 3 salient angles, is called a priest’s bonnet, or bonnet à prêtre. The use of the bonnet is to check the besiegers when they are attempting to make a lodgment.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bonnet is ranked #13541 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bonnet surname appeared 2,240 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Bonnet.

    62.9% or 1,409 total occurrences were White.
    18.7% or 421 total occurrences were Black.
    14.9% or 334 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 37 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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Anagrams for bonnet »

  1. bent on

  2. benton

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bonnet in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bonnet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of bonnet in a Sentence

  1. Principal Carlotta Outley Brown:

    No one can enter the building or be on the school premises wearing a satin cap or bonnet on their head for any reason, you also cannot wear a shower cap of any kind in the building.

  2. Carl Bek-Nielsen:

    I bet you if he were a car and you opened up his bonnet, there would be a fantastic V8 engine well lubricated and ready to go another 400,000 kilometers.

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