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hennin

[hen-in] /ˈhɛn ɪn/
noun
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a conical or heart-shaped hat, sometimes extremely high, with a flowing veil or piece of starched linen about the crown, worn by women in the 15th century.
Also called steeple headdress.
Origin of hennin
1850-1855
1850-55; < French, Middle French, perhaps < Middle Dutch henninck rooster, from a fancied resemblance of the hat to a rooster's comb
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  • No doubt ladies were just human in those days, and fussed and frittered over an inch or so of hennin, or a yard or two of train.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • Her coif was the tall medieval hennin of Plougastel, a flood of lace falling from its summit.

  • Wearing a hennin on her head, she was praying on bended knees before a stained-glass window.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert

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