Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A partial wig or hairpiece worn to cover a bald spot.
  • n. A curl or lock of hair worn during the 18th century as a topknot on a periwig.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wig of false hair worn to cover a bald spot, especially as worn by a man.
  • n. A little tuft; a curl or artificial lock of hair.
  • n. A small wig, or a toppiece of a wig.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little tuft; a curl or artificial lock of hair.
  • n. A small wig, or a toppiece of a wig.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A curl or artificial lock of hair, especially on the top of the head or as a sort of crowning feature of a periwig; a periwig having such a top-knot: hence, an artificial patch of hair worn to cover a bald spot or other defect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small hairpiece to cover partial baldness

Etymologies

French toupet, diminutive of Old French toupe, tuft of hair, from Frankish *top.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1727, from French toupet ("small tuft of hair, forelock"), from Middle French toupet ("small tuft of hair, forelock"), from Old French toupet ("small tuft of hair, forelock"), diminutive of toupe, top ("tuft of hair"), from Frankish *topp (“summit, crest, tuft of hair”), from Proto-Germanic *tuppaz (“summit, crest, tuft of hair”). Cognate with Old Dutch topp (Dutch top, "top"), Old Frisian top ("summit, crest, tuft of hair"), Old English top ("summit, crest, tuft of hair"), Old High German zopf ("end, summit, tuft of hair"), Old Norse toppr ("tuft of hair, forelock"). More at top. (Wiktionary)

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