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  • n. a headdress in the shape of a cone, "steeple" or truncated cone worn by European women of the nobility in medieval times

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A head-dress worn by Frenchwomen from 1430 to 1465 or later, high and conical in form, but differing in shape at different times.


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  • The hennin is the big conehead style everyone imagines when thinking of

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  • My daughter had once taken a course in costume design so she knew that "a hennin is a tall, conical or heart-shaped hat sometimes worn with a flowing veil."

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  • A form of hennin. fairytale princesses but had a relatively short life and also had many variations.

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  • Quickly she fashioned a suitable maid-of-honor dress, complete with a dainty little hennin-a long conical hat with a bit of material descending from it.

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  • Only when she reached the end of the long avenue and circled around among the squat black tents of the humbler folk did she succumb at last to temptation in the shape of a goblinesque little maiden with thick blonde braids and a pert scarlet hennin, who offered flagons of carved myrtlewood filled with a marvelous perfume distilled from forest flowers.

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  • Her coif was the tall medieval hennin of Plougastel, a flood of lace falling from its summit.

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  • Her softly rounded face looked absurdly childlike under the tall-crowned hennin, from which a wispy veil floated behind her as she moved.

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  • Doubtless you're that girl that's been hanging up the new window-blinds that won't roll, and disguising the pillows with clean slips, and hennin 'round among my books and papers on the table here, and aging me generally till I don't know my own handwriting by the time I find it!

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  • On her head is the muslin-draped and high-peaked "hennin."

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  • Sometimes there was a wry little aside to leaven the mix, such as a comment about the unflattering effect of the fashionable ultra-short men’s coat on a middle-aged courtier of ample girth, or the tendency of a two-foot steeple hennin those tall cone-shaped head-dresses worn by great ladies at the time to poke people in the eye.

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