CORNET, noun [Latin , a horn. See Horn.]
1. An instrument of music, in the nature of a trumpet, sounded by blowing with the mouth. It was of a winding shape like a horn; used in armies and on occasions of joy.
David played before the Lord on cornets. 2 Samuel 6:5.
2. In modern usage, an officer of cavalry, who bears the ensign or colors of a troop. He is the third officer in the company.
3. A company of cavalry; a troop of horse. [Not used.]
4. The cornet of a horse [coronet[ is the lowest part of his pastern, that runs round the coffin and is distinguished by the hair that joins and covers the upper part of the hoof.
5. A little cap of paper in which retailers inclose small wares.
6. A scarf anciently worn by doctors.
7. A head dress.