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[suhn-bon-it] /ˈsʌnˌbɒn ɪt/
a bonnet with a large brim shading the face and sometimes a piece projecting over the neck, worn by women and children.
Origin of sunbonnet
1815-25; sun + bonnet
Related forms
sunbonneted, adjective Unabridged
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  • This he did cheerfully, doffing his sunbonnet with courtly grace when he met ladies of his acquaintance.

    Anne Of The Island Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Mother made me wear the sunbonnet because my hair is still wet.

  • Her mother had made a sunbonnet of the same material as the dress, and Anna put this on with satisfaction.

    A Little Maid of Old Maine Alice Turner Curtis
  • She took the cape of her sunbonnet and with it wiped away the unaccustomed tears.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • She took off her sunbonnet, and folded her arms as tightly as possible across her broad bosom.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • He pushed the sunbonnet back and patted her roguishly on the head.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • This time Bridget understood, and clapping her sunbonnet (upside down) onto her disrumpled head, she wabbled toward the house.

    The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives Elizabeth Strong Worthington
  • The string of Peggy's sunbonnet had become untied—so had her right shoe.

  • The sunbonnet disappeared, and there ensued a momentary commotion on the other side of the dike.

    The Claim Jumpers Stewart Edward White
  • "This is to be our home while we stay in Venice," said the sunbonnet Babies' father.

    The Sunbonnet Babies in Italy Eulalie Osgood Grover
British Dictionary definitions for sunbonnet


a hat that shades the face and neck from the sun, esp one made of cotton with a projecting brim now worn esp by babies
Derived Forms
sunbonneted, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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