Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small crown worn by princes and princesses and by other nobles below the rank of sovereign.
  • n. A chaplet or headband decorated with gold or jewels.
  • n. The upper margin of a horse's hoof.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small crown worn by a noble. In the British system, they are worn only at coronations. The German equivalent is Adelskrone.
  • n. The ring of tissue between a horse's hoof and its leg.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ornamental or honorary headdress, having the shape and character of a crown; particularly, a crown worn as the mark of high rank lower than sovereignty. The word is used by Shakespeare to denote also a kingly crown.
  • n. The upper part of a horse's hoof, where the horn terminates in skin.
  • n. The iron head of a tilting spear; a coronel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coronal, circlet, or wreath for the head.
  • n. A crown representing a dignity inferior to that of the sovereign.
  • n. In modern costume, a decorative piece forming a part of a woman's head-dress, especially a plate or band, as of metal, broad in the middle and half encircling the head in front.
  • n. Same as coronal, 2.
  • n. In entomology, a circle of spines, hairs, etc., around the apex of a part, as around the end of the abdomen.
  • n. The lowest part of the pastern of a horse, running about the coffin and distinguished by the hair that joins and covers the upper part of the hoof. Also cornet. See cut under hoof.
  • To adorn as with a coronet.
  • n. An erroneous form of cornet, 7.
  • n. In botany, same as corona, especially in a diminutive sense; also formerly applied to a whorl of small flowers, as in some labiate plants, and to small heads of umbelliferous and composite plants.
  • n. The bur at the base of an antler.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. margin between the skin of the pastern and the horn of the hoof
  • n. a small crown; usually indicates a high rank but below that of sovereign

Etymologies

Middle English coronette, from Old French, diminutive of corone, crown, from Latin corōna; see crown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin corona ("crown") + -ette, shortened to -et (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • A crown-like structure in the milkweed flower, internal to and protruding above the corolla, formed from fleshy appendages of the adnate stamens or staminodes. The elements of the coronet are, among the many species, variously boat-shaped and horned.

    See visuals at Asclepias. In the example with red-orange and yellow flowers, the red-orange structures are the petals, the yellow the coronet.

    January 4, 2012

  • See Georgette crepe

    February 6, 2008

  • A small or inferior crown; specifically a crown denoting a dignity inferior to that of the sovereign, worn by the nobility, and varying in form according to rank.

    February 5, 2007