Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The skin which covers the forehead of a mammal, particularly of a ruminant.
  • noun Something worn on the forehead; specifically, among the Hebrews, a phylactery bound upon the forehead.
  • noun A band for the forehead; specifically, one forming part of the head-dress worn in the fifteenth century and later.
  • noun Figuratively, the look or appearance of the forehead.
  • noun The forehead or front.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun an adornment worn on the forehead

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French frontelet, diminutive of frontel, ornament worn on the forehead; see frontal.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French frontelet, diminutive of frontel.

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

  • 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

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