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Definitions for cornet
kɔrˈnɛt; esp. Brit. ˈkɔr nɪtcor·net

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cornet, horn, trumpet, trumpnoun

    a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cornetnoun

    Etymology: cornette, French.

    Israel played before the Lord on psalteries and on timbrels, and on cornets. 2 Sa. vi. 5.

    Other wind instruments require a forcible breath; as trumpets, cornets, and hunters horns. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Cornets and trumpets cannot reach his ear,
    Under an actor’s nose, he’s never near. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    These noblemen were appointed, with some cornets of horse and bands of foot, to put themselves beyond the hill where the rebels were encamped. Francis Bacon.

    Seventy great horses lay dead in the field, and one cornet was taken. John Hayward.

    They discerned a body of five cornets of horse very full, standing in very good order to receive them. Edward Hyde.


  1. Cornet

    The cornet (, US: ) is a brass instrument similar to the trumpet but distinguished from it by its conical bore, more compact shape, and mellower tone quality. The most common cornet is a transposing instrument in B♭. There is also a soprano cornet in E♭ and cornets in A and C. All are unrelated to the Renaissance and early Baroque cornett.


  1. cornet

    A cornet is a brass instrument similar to a trumpet but slightly smaller and distinguished mainly by its conical bore, mellower tone, and usually possessing three valves. It is commonly used in brass bands and occasionally in orchestras.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cornetnoun

    an obsolete rude reed instrument (Ger. Zinken), of the oboe family

  2. Cornetnoun

    a brass instrument, with cupped mouthpiece, and furnished with valves or pistons, now used in bands, and, in place of the trumpet, in orchestras. See Cornet-a-piston

  3. Cornetnoun

    a certain organ stop or register

  4. Cornetnoun

    a cap of paper twisted at the end, used by retailers to inclose small wares

  5. Cornetnoun

    a troop of cavalry; -- so called from its being accompanied by a cornet player

  6. Cornetnoun

    the standard of such a troop

  7. Cornetnoun

    the lowest grade of commissioned officer in a British cavalry troop, who carried the standard. The office was abolished in 1871

  8. Cornetnoun

    a headdress

  9. Cornetnoun

    a square cap anciently worn as a mark of certain professions

  10. Cornetnoun

    a part of a woman's headdress, in the 16th century

  11. Cornetnoun

    see Coronet, 2

  12. Etymology: [F. cornet, m. (for senses 1 & 2), cornette, f. & m. (for senses 3 & 4), dim. of corne horn, L. cornu. See Horn.]


  1. Cornet

    The cornet is a brass instrument very similar to the trumpet, distinguished by its conical bore, compact shape, and mellower tone quality. The most common cornet is a transposing instrument in B♭. It is not related to the renaissance and early baroque cornett.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cornet

    kor′net, n. a brass treble wind-instrument, with a cup mouthpiece—also Cor′net-à-pis′ton, -ons: formerly the lowest grade of commissioned officer in the cavalry—the office was abolished in 1871, sub-lieutenant being substituted.—ns. Cor′netcy, the commission or rank of a cornet; Cor′netist, Cor′nist, a solo cornet-player. [Fr. cornet, dim. of corne, a horn, trumpet. See Corn, lit. horn.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cornet

    A commissioned officer who carries the colours belonging to a cavalry troop, equivalent to an ensign in the infantry; the junior subaltern rank in the horse.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. cornet

    (Ital. cornetta, a “small flag”). Is the lowest grade of commissioned officers in the cavalry, equivalent to ensign in the infantry, his duty being to bear the standard. In the U. S. army there are no cornets.

  2. cornet

    In the military history of the ancients, an instrument much in the nature of a trumpet: when the cornet only sounded, the ensigns were to march alone without the soldiers; whereas, when the trumpet only sounded, the soldiers were to move forward without the ensigns. A troop of horse was so called.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cornet is ranked #43651 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cornet surname appeared 494 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cornet.

    57.2% or 283 total occurrences were White.
    34.6% or 171 total occurrences were Black.
    5.8% or 29 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.

Anagrams for cornet »

  1. cronet

  2. conter

  3. roncet

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cornet in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cornet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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