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Definition of "cornet" [cor•net]

  • Music A wind instrument of the trumpet class, having three valves operated by pistons. (noun)
  • A piece of paper twisted into a cone and used to hold small wares such as candy or nuts. (noun)
  • A headdress, often cone-shaped, worn by women in the 12th and 13th centuries. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cornet" in a sentence
  • "The cornet was a man of about forty, with a grey pointed beard, skinny and lean, but handsome and very fresh-looking for his age."
  • "And my dad was buying me a cornet, which is sort of like a trumpet."
  • "He would be content with the little one, the what-you-call cornet; and -- don't you see? '"