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A cornet (musical instrument).


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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French cornet, diminutive of a popular reflex of Latin cornū (horn).


cornet (plural cornets)

  1. A musical instrument of the brass family, slightly smaller than a trumpet, usually in the musical key of B-flat.
  2. A piece of paper twisted to be used as a container.
  3. A pastry shell to be filled with ice-cream, hence (UK) an ice cream cone.
  4. (obsolete) A troop of cavalry; so called from its being accompanied by a cornet player.
    • Clarendon
      A body of five cornets of horse.
  5. A kind of organ stop.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French cornette, diminutive of corne, from Latin cornua (horns).


cornet (plural cornets)

  1. The white headdress worn by the Sisters of Charity.
  2. (obsolete) The standard flown by a cavalry troop.
  3. (historical) The fifth commissioned officer in a cavalry troop, who carried the colours (equivalent to the ensign in infantry).
Derived terms[edit]




From corne +‎ -et.



cornet m (plural cornets)

  1. (paper) cone
  2. (pastry) horn; (ice-cream) cone
  3. post horn
    • 2000, Jean-François Parot, L'énigme des Blancs-Manteaux, JC Lattès 2012, p. 17:
      Il tenait à la main gauche un cornet semblable à celui dont usaient les postillons ; en cas de péril, l'alarme serait donnée au patron qui tenait la barre à l'arrière.
      In his left hand he held a horn like those used by post riders; in case of danger, the alarm would be given to the owner who was at the forward rail.
  4. (music) cornet; cornet stop (on organ)
  5. portable inkhorn
  6. (Switzerland) plastic bag


See also[edit]


  • Nouveau Petit Larousse illustré. Dictionnaire encyclopédique. Paris, Librairie Larousse, 1952, 146th edition

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