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Etymology

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From Middle English crovnette, crownet, from Middle French [Term?].

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crownet (plural crownets)

  1. (obsolete) A coronet, small crown.
    • 1558, Thomas Phaer, transl., The Seven First Bookes of the Eneidos of Virgil converted into English Meter, Book 5:
      Himself with garland freshe, and crownet greene of oliue bandes,
      Aduancing stood in ship.
    • 1594, Christopher Marlow[e], The Troublesome Raigne and Lamentable Death of Edward the Second, King of England: [], London: [] [R. Robinson] for William Iones [], →OCLC, (please specify the page):
      Sometime a louelie boye in Dians shape,
      With haire that gilds the water as it glides,
      Crownets of pearle about his naked armes,
      And in his sportfull hands an Oliue tree,
      To hide those parts which men delight to see,
      Shall bathe him in a spring []
    • c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene prologue]:
      [] sixty and nine, that wore
      Their crownets regal, from the Athenian bay
      Put forth toward Phrygia;
    • 1783, Charles Macklin, The True-Born Irishman[1], Dublin, act II, page 29:
      Why, sir, I am affronted for want of a title: a parcel of upstarts, with their crownets upon their coaches, their chairs, their spoons, their handkerchiefs—nay, on the very knockers of their doors—creatures that were below me but t’other day, are now truly my superiors, and have the precedency, and are set above me at table.
    • 1949, Christopher Fry, The Lady’s Not for Burning[2], 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, published 1968, act One, page 26:
      So the queen sung,
      Crumbling her crownet into clods of dung.

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