Definitions

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

  • n. An ornament or band worn on the forehead as a phylactery.
  • n. The forehead of an animal.
  • n. The forehead of a bird when of a different color or texture of plumage.
  • n. An ornamental border for a frontal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The forehead.
  • n. The forehead of an animal, especially of a deer or stag (including the antlers).
  • n. An ornament worn on the forehead.
  • n. A bandage or medical preparation worn around the head.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A frontal or brow band; a fillet or band worn on the forehead.
  • n. A frown (likened to a frontlet).
  • n. The margin of the head, behind the bill of birds, often bearing rigid bristles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Something worn on the forehead; specifically, among the Hebrews, a phylactery bound upon the forehead.
  • n. A band for the forehead; specifically, one forming part of the head-dress worn in the fifteenth century and later.
  • n. Figuratively, the look or appearance of the forehead.
  • n. The forehead or front.
  • n. Specifically, in ornithology, the frons or forehead of a bird in any way marked by the color or texture of the plumage: as, the glittering metallic frontlet of a humming-bird. See frontal, n., 7.
  • n. The skin which covers the forehead of a mammal, particularly of a ruminant.

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

  • n. an adornment worn on the forehead

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French frontelet, diminutive of frontel, ornament worn on the forehead; see frontal2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French frontelet, diminutive of frontel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One kind or phylactery was called a "frontlet," and was composed of four pieces of parchment; on the first of which was written, Ex 12: 2-10; on the second, Ex 12: 11-21; on the third, De

    Barnes New Testament Notes

  • Her turret, from which cascades a transparent veil, terminates upon a frontlet, a wide band of cloth that frames her face.

    Fashion in Art: Medieval France and the Netherlands

  • Black, a popular color at this time, accents her turret and frontlet, collar, cuffs, and wide hem.

    Fashion in Art: Medieval France and the Netherlands

  • Of gold was the yoke that linked the necks of his steeds whiter than the snow; and on his shoulders flashed his targe with figures welded in gold; while a gorgon of bronze like that which gleams from the aegis of the goddess was bound upon the frontlet of his horses, ringing out its note of fear with many a bell.

    Rhesus

  • Moreover, as any damage done to the horse will involve his rider in extreme peril, the horse also should be clad in armour — frontlet, breastplate, and thigh-pieces; 165 which latter may at the same time serve as cuisses for the mounted man.

    On Horsemanship

  • Kneeling down on the rug before her trunk, Lia searched among her weapons and armor for her rank insignia—a frontlet made of animal skin featuring a three-gem triad embedded in the center.

    String Theory, Book 3: Evolution

  • White horses with white frontlet plumes came round the Rotunda corner, galloping.

    Ulysses

  • Instead of being clothed in the national fashion, with a frontlet of macaw feathers, bow, and blow-tube, have they not adopted the American costume of white cotton trousers, and a cotton poncho woven by their wives, who have become thorough adepts in its manufacture?

    Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

  • They made the frontlet for the holy diadem of pure gold, and incised upon it the seal inscription: “Holy to the Lord.”

    THE BLESSING OF A SKINNED KNEE

  • Nothing, indeed, can be imagined more ferocious than the wounded animal looked, fixing the peculiar white balls and black iris of his eyes upon us, under his shaggy frontlet, with the expression of the devil in a mood far from funny.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851

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