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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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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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.
Welland's chestnuts, with big white favours on their frontlets, curvetting and showing off at the far end of the canvas tunnel.
The eight works now on display, chosen from the Yukon permanent art collection, are: Traditional Doll--Girl by Annie Smith; Uingit Eagle Frontlet, by master carver Keith Wolfe Smarch; Arrival of the Dog Team (a traditional type of blanket designed to be worn by a dog, featuring beadwork, bells and tassels), by Deb Enoch; Caribou Flagon (sterling silver and antler), by jeweler/sculptor David Ashley; Fire Bag by Gertie Tom; Raven's Flight by carver Eugene Alfred; ForgetMe-Not Mukluks by Mary Deguerre, and Wood-Ash Glazed Vessel With Lid by ceramicist Monika Kate Steputh.
Otherwise, warned Adams, "the frontlet upon her brows would no longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its stead would soon be substituted an imperial diadem, flashing in false and tarnished luster the murky radiance of dominion and power."