Definitions

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  • n. A projecting bonnet or shade to protect the complexion.
  • n. A wide-brimmed hat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A projecting bonnet or shade to protect the complexion; also, a wide-brimmed hat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shade formerly worn by women on the front of a bonnet to protect the complexion from the sun; also, a large bonnet or broad-brimmed hat serving the same purpose.

Etymologies

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French

Examples

  • Her dark elf-locks shot out like the snakes of the gorgon, between an old-fashioned bonnet called a bongrace, heightening the singular effect of her strong and weather-beaten features, which they partly shadowed, while her eye had a wild roll that indicated something like real or affected insanity.

    Chapter III

  • Her dark elf-locks shot out like the snakes of the gorgon between an old-fashioned bonnet called a bongrace, heightening the singular effect of her strong and weather-beaten features, which they partly shadowed, while her eye had a wild roll that indicated something like real or affected insanity.

    Criticisms and Interpretations. V. Walter Bagehot on the Waverley Novels

  • Her bongrace which she ware, with her French hood,

    A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 1

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  • A shade or curtain formerly worn on the front of women's bonnets or caps to protect the complexion from the sun; a sunshade. Also a kind of broad-brimmed hat fitted to shade the face.

    August 15, 2008