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

[Middle English, from Old French frontelet, diminutive of frontel, ornament worn on the forehead; see frontal2.]


1. (Clothing & Fashion) Also called: frontal a small decorative loop worn on a woman's forehead, projecting from under her headdress, in the 15th century
2. (Zoology) the forehead of an animal, esp of a bird when it is a different colour from the rest of the head
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the decorated border of an altar frontal
4. (Judaism) Judaism a phylactery worn on the forehead. See also tefillah
[C15: from Old French frontelet a little frontal]


(ˈfrʌnt lɪt)

1. a decorative band, ribbon, or the like, worn across the forehead.
2. the forehead of a horse, deer, or similar mammal.
3. the forehead of a bird when marked by a distinctive color or texture of the plumage.
4. Judaism. the phylactery worn on the forehead.
[1425–75; late Middle English frontlet < Old French, diminutive of frontel, diminutive of front front]
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Noun1.frontlet - an adornment worn on the forehead
adornment - a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
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Welland's chestnuts, with big white favours on their frontlets, curvetting and showing off at the far end of the canvas tunnel.
A ball striking the shagged frontlet of a bull produces no other effect than a toss of the head and greater exasperation; on the contrary, a ball striking the forehead of a cow is fatal.
She tore the attiring from her head and flung it from her, the frontlet and net with its plaited band, and the veil which golden Venus had given her on the day when Hector took her with him from the house of Eetion, after having given countless gifts of wooing for her sake.
The effect was heightened by the frontlets and crests on the animals, and the towers on their backs on which stood the drivers, each accompanied by four soldiers.
In chapter one, the horse bridle frontlets from the Northwest Palace at Nimrud afford the springboard for Feldman's critical analysis of traditional methods of connoisseurship, as well as for her discussion of comparanda seen in such items as engraved tridacna shells and stone orthostat reliefs.