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  1. (noun) A hat of cloth or straw, held in place by ribbons tied under the chin, that is worn by women and children.
  2. (noun) Scots A brimless cap worn by men or boys.
  3. (noun) A removable metal plate over a machine part, such as a valve.
  4. (noun) Chiefly British The hood of an automobile.
  5. (noun) A windscreen for a chimney.
  6. (noun) A cover for a fireplace.
  7. (noun) Nautical A strip of canvas laced to a fore-and-aft sail to increase sail area.
  8. (verb-transitive) To put a bonnet on.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. What's put a bee in his bonnet is the way the studios keep coming out with newer and better versions of movies that have already been released on DVD. - Simple Tricks and Nonsense: Double-dipping Your DVDs
  2. "Yes, you'd better not meddle with the darkies if you don't want your fingers smutted, Miss Anne; for young ladies with smutty fingers, don't succeed in society very well, you'd much better attend to your fineries, and exert your superfluous reformatory energies upon one of those marvellous structures which you call a bonnet, and I call a coal-scuttle." - Sister Anne's Vocation.
  3. The bonnet is silly and it has a big fold down the middle because of the shipping. - about that package
  4. Carter Watson, independently wealthy, writes about social conditions, has "the ethical bee in his bonnet," is "a reformer of no mean pretension" and author of 27 cleverly written books on the slum-dwelling working classes such as If Christ Came to New Orleans, The Worked-Out Worker, Tenement Reform in Berlin, The Rural Slums of England, The Cave Man of Civilization. - “Samuel! There was a rolling wonder in the sound. Ay, there was!”
  5. Martin's hilarious account of Boswell's attempting to impress the King of Prussia by wearing a fetching Scottish bonnet is matched, deliciously, by Sisman's description of Boswell's announcing his connection to the Scottish royal line to the Hanoverian George III, who was distinctly unamused. - Bozzy's Life


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