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[kawr-uh-nit, -net, kor-, kawr-uh-net, kor-] /ˈkɔr ə nɪt, -ˌnɛt, ˈkɒr-, ˌkɔr əˈnɛt, ˌkɒr-/
a small crown.
a crown worn by nobles or peers.
a crownlike ornament for the head, as of gold or jewels.
an ornament, more or less pedimental in form, situated over a door or window.
the lowest part of the pastern of a horse or other hoofed animal, just above the hoof.
Also called crest coronet. Heraldry. a crownlike support for a crest, used in place of a torse.
Origin of coronet
1350-1400; Middle English corounet. See crown, -et
Related forms
coronetlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • In the next division the charges were, in chief a coronet, in base an irradiated cloud.

  • He examined the coronet again, remembering that there was something about its bosses, too.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • There is not any necessity at the present day to represent any crown or coronet with the cap of estate within it.

    Heraldry for Craftsmen & Designers William Henry St. John Hope
  • He could remember clearly now, the Earl's explanations of the action of the coronet.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • It is set for that beautiful, bejewelled thing they call a coronet.

    Castle Craneycrow George Barr McCutcheon
  • The coronet of the old Earl, he thought, was a truly potent talisman.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • She had braided her hair into a coronet, glossy, perfumed, perfect.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • No younger member of any of our noble families has ever been allowed the coronet or the belt.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • I think that had he known that the lady had refused the coronet, that knowledge would have enhanced the value of the prize.

    Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for coronet


any small crown, esp one worn by princes or peers as a mark of rank
a woman's jewelled circlet for the head
the margin between the skin of a horse's pastern and the horn of the hoof
the knob at the base of a deer's antler
(heraldry) a support for a crest shaped like a crown
Word Origin
C15: from Old French coronete a little crown, from coronecrown
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Word Origin and History for coronet

"a small crown," late 15c., from Old French coronete, diminutive of corone "a crown," from Latin corona "crown" (see crown (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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