Definitions

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

  • n. A woman's wide-brimmed bonnet with a flap at the back to protect the neck from the sun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hat (bonnet) worn for protection from bright sunlight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bonnet, generally made of some thin or light fabric, projecting beyond the face, and commonly having a cape, -- worn by women as a protection against the sun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light bonnet projecting in front so as to protect the face, and having a flounce or cape to protect the neck.

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

  • n. a large bonnet that shades the face; worn by girls and women

Etymologies

sun +‎ bonnet (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A crossdressing Marlon Brando shooting a Creedmore is pretty out there (not to say old Marlon in a sunbonnet is any kind of pretty).

    Final Word on the Best Western Debate

  • A young girl came on, a sunbonnet hanging down her back, her apron caught up in front and filled with grain which she threw to the buttering fowls.

    CHAPTER XVII

  • I called it her preacher lady hat but I guess you could say it was a sunbonnet made for two.

    Oh, Fish Eggs!

  • Pegler wrote that the big city reporters were surprised to find that "she is neither illiterate nor a wide-eyed and somewhat apprehensive Aunt Samanthy in a sunbonnet, afraid to leave her hotel on account of 'them white-slavers who lurk in every New York doorway waiting to snatch a country girl to a fate which is worse than death.'"

    Al Eisele: How I Became a New York Celebrity 75 Years Ago

  • The glinting sun was now breaking asunder theThe glinting sunbonnet was now breaking asunder the final clove frailties which like guvnors of smoking disappeared from Zeus's skylight.

    The Sea at Sea (or Why is There a Question Instead of Not a Question)

  • We explored the lives and works of Willa Cather and Edna Ferber, author of the novel Giant, who wrote, “The sunbonnet as well as the sombrero has helped settle this glorious land of ours.”

    Spoken from the Heart

  • Or rather, the polka-dotted sunbonnet currently covering it.

    NANCY DREW

  • In the backyard the black woman was hoeing in a vegetable garden, a sunbonnet tied under her chin, her big arms flexing as she notched weeds out of the rows planted with carrots and radishes.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • Hanging on another hook was the sunbonnet that her mother insisted she wear outside the house.

    The Dressmaker

  • Pretty soon Dorothy came out of the house with her sunbonnet, and she called out:

    Love Letters

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