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coronet

(kôr'ənĕt`, kŏr'ə–), head attire of a noble of high rank, worn on state occasions. It is inferior to the crown. British peers wear their coronets at the coronation of their sovereign. Although dukes wore coronets to mark their rank by the 14th cent., it was in the reign of Elizabeth I that individual patterns were adopted for other peers, and barons received distinguishing insignia in 1661. The coronet of a duke is bordered by 8 strawberry leaves; that of a marquess, by 4 strawberry leaves alternating with 4 silver balls (sometimes called pearls) on low points; that of an earl, by 8 strawberry leaves alternating with 8 silver balls on high points; that of a viscount, by 16 silver balls on the rim; that of a baron, by 6 silver balls on the gold rim.

coronet

A pedimental or other decoration wrought in relief on a wall above a window or door.

coronet

1. the margin between the skin of a horse's pastern and the horn of the hoof
2. the knob at the base of a deer's antler
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Worth remembering when coroneted and gartered farmers start belly-aching again about the persecution of the countryside by Labour townies.
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