Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) The gathering of a young woman's hair under a snood or fillet.
'Cockernonie' is Scottish in origin and may refer specifically to false hair stuck prominently on the back of the head. Also spelled 'cockernonnie.'
“And Nanny Swinton wore her new gown and cockernonie, and blessed her bairn and her bairn's bairn, through tears that were now no more than a sunny shower, the silver mist of the past storm.”
“Or, again, a sort of saucer of felt to match the tailor-made gown, twisted into a kind of 'cockernonie' with a big Alsatian bow, a couple of jet wings, and a curious brush of filaments sprinkled with jewels, that faintly recalled the ornament so dear to the Shah of Persia.”
“I wad be down amang them, like a jer-falcon amang a wheen wild-geese, and the best amang them that dared to say ony thing of Meg Dods by what was honest and civil, I wad sune see if her cockernonnie was made of her ain hair or other folk’s.”