Meaning of frontlet in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfrʌntlɪt/


  • 1An ornamental piece of cloth hanging over the upper part of an altar frontal.

  • 2 dated A decorative band or ornament worn on the forehead.

    ‘Let us use my silly hyperbole as frontlets between our eyes.’
    • ‘His eagle frontlet is the first aspect of Native culture to greet airline passengers deplaning in Ketchikan.’
    • ‘Two of its pointy lobes must have rested on the High Priest's forehead, with the frontlet tied between them.’
    • ‘This type of frontlet is worn as a headdress, usually with a trailer of ermine skins.’
    • ‘Armlets of gold were upon his arms, and many gold rings on his hands; and a golden torque about his neck, and a golden frontlet holding his hair in place; and his presence august.’
    1. 2.1
      another term for phylactery
    2. 2.2A piece of armour or harness for an animal's forehead.


Late 15th century (in frontlet (sense 2)): from Old French frontelet, diminutive of frontel (see frontal).