frontlet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n frontlet an adornment worn on the forehead
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Frontlet A frontal or brow band; a or band worn on the forehead. "They shall be as frontlets between thine eyes."
    • Frontlet A frown (likened to a frontlet). "What makes that frontlet on? Methinks you are too much of late i' the frown."
    • Frontlet (Zoöl) The margin of the head, behind the bill of birds, often bearing rigid bristles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n frontlet Something worn on the forehead; specifically, among the Hebrews, a phylactery bound upon the forehead.
    • n frontlet A band for the forehead; specifically, one forming part of the head-dress worn in the fifteenth century and later. It was sometimes of silk or velvet, and frontlets of gold are mentioned, which were probably of cloth of gold. Frontlets, or bandages, were also worn at night to prevent or cure wrinkles. Formerly called frowning-cloth.
    • n frontlet Figuratively, the look or appearance of the forehead.
    • n frontlet The forehead or front.
    • n frontlet 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.
    • n frontlet The skin which covers the forehead of a mammal, particularly of a ruminant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Frontlet a band worn on the forehead
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. frontelet brow band, dim. of frontel, frontal,. See Frontal (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. frons, frontis, the forehead.

Usage

In literature:

From frontlet to tail, the horse likewise shone red in the sunset.
"Phantastes" by George MacDonald
This piece of head-wear was turban-shaped, striped, of course, with a leather frontlet, on which was fastened the mining lamp.
"The Twin Hells" by John N. Reynolds
He binds it upon his children's hands, and it is as a frontlet between their eyes.
"Bunyan Characters (Second Series)" by Alexander Whyte
White horses with white frontlet plumes came round the Rotunda corner, galloping.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
I will apologize and come to thee, O cruel one, with heavy frontlets dark.
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous
Gatty for ever smiles upon you; and Frontlet disdains to see you smile.
"The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899" by George A. Aitken
Now he seemed to wear her words like a frontlet, branded in the mantling scarlet of his brow.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
For twenty-odd years they had been written on the tablets of his heart and worn as frontlets between his brows.
"The Street Called Straight" by Basil King
A frontlet of pearl-shell nautilus adorned the head, and a crescent of pearl-shell the breast.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
The frontlet and barb were pieces of white linen, the former worn over the forehead, the latter over the chin.
"Mistress Margery" by Emily Sarah Holt
A vicious-looking brute he appeared, with shaggy frontlet and scowling lurid eye.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
We can recognise the horns and frontlets of the elk, the cimmaron, and the grim bison.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
At last a frontlet with feathers sticking in it for the head.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
All persons having an income of L10 a year and over will have that black velvet loop, the frontlet, sewn into their hats.
"English Costume" by Dion Clayton Calthrop
Amulets, frontlets, bracelets, and waistbands charged with medicines are also used as either charms or cures.
"West African studies" by Mary Henrietta Kingsley
He then made a pair of moccasins and garnished them with beads, a bow and arrows, and a frontlet and feathers for the head.
"The American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
He then made a pair of moccasins and garnished them with beads, a bow and arrows, and a frontlet and feathers for the head.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
He then made a pair of moccasins and garnished them with beads, a bow and arrows, and a frontlet and feathers for the head.
"The Indian in his Wigwam" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
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In poetry:

Still let that claim adorn thy neck —
Still let that frontlet grace thy brow —
Still let that ring thy finger deck —
And ne'er a step without it go.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
Thee did nails grave upon My hands, thy name
Did thorns for frontlets stamp between Mine eyes:
I, Holy One, put on thy guilt and shame;
I, God, Priest, Sacrifice.
"The Love Of Christ Which Passeth Kowledge" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Lo! carpet-bag and bagger occupy the land,
And prove the touring season actively begun;
His personnel and purpose can none misunderstand,
For each upon his frontlet bears his honest brand--
The fool-ish one!
"The Tourist" by Hattie Howard
Let him go!—let him go! Let him plunge!—Keep away!
He's a foal of the third seal's brood!
Gaunt with armour, in grim array
Of poitrel and frontlet-hood,
Let him go, a living castle, away—
Right for the evil wood.
"The Three Horses" by George MacDonald
Lonely and cold and fierce I keep my way,
Scourge of the lands, companioned by the storm,
Tossing to heaven my frontlet, wild and gray,
Mateless, yet conscious ever of a warm
And brooding presence close to mine all day.
"Gulf-Stream" by Susan Coolidge
Shall such an one lend love or borrow?
Shall these be sorry for thy sorrow?
Shall these give thanks for words or breath?
Their hate is as their loving-kindness;
The frontlet of their brows is blindness,
The armlet of their arms is death.
"Ilicet" by Algernon Charles Swinburne