from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. (adj) A name given to various things of a presumably coquettish or attractive nature: a small becoming bonnet fashionable about the middle of the nineteenth century; a lady's cap with ribbons that tied under the chin on one side with 'kissing-strings'; a short lock of hair curled in front of each ear, etc. The name is also given to the wild pansy.



This type of bonnet is also known as a 'poke bonnet.'