From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cornet \Cor"net\ (k?r"n?t), n. [F. cornet, m. (for senses 1 &
   2), cornette, f. & m. (for senses 3 & 4), dim. of corne horn,
   L. cornu. See Horn.]
   1. (Mus.)
      (a) An obsolete rude reed instrument (Ger. Zinken), of the
          oboe family.
      (b) A brass instrument, with cupped mouthpiece, and
          furnished with valves or pistons, now used in bands,
          and, in place of the trumpet, in orchestras. See
      (c) A certain organ stop or register.
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   2. A cap of paper twisted at the end, used by retailers to
      inclose small wares. --Cotgrave.
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   3. (Mil.)
      (a) A troop of cavalry; -- so called from its being
          accompanied by a cornet player. [Obs.] "A body of five
          cornets of horse." --Clarendon.
      (b) The standard of such a troop. [Obs.]
      (c) The lowest grade of commissioned officer in a British
          cavalry troop, who carried the standard. The office
          was abolished in 1871.
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   4. A headdress:
      (a) A square cap anciently worn as a mark of certain
      (b) A part of a woman's headdress, in the 16th century.
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   5. [Cf. Coronet.] (Far.) See Coronet, 2.
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