Definitions

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  • n. A headdress worn by women, usually made of wire or knitted mesh worn on either side of the head, used to contain the hair.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A net or caul inclosing the hair, used as a head-dress in the early part of the fifteenth century.

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Examples

  • Mr Altham gave his niece some good advice, along with a handsome silver brooch, a net of gold tissue for her hair, commonly called a crespine or dovecote, and a girdle of black leather, set with bosses of silver-gilt.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood A Tale of the Fourteenth Century

  • Well, my fairest of maidens, you shall, if it please you, keep de big dog looking de oder way at nine o'clock of de even, de night Sir Godfrey goes; and de Lady Princess have not so fair a crespine for her hair as you shall win, so to do.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood A Tale of the Fourteenth Century

  • Kate had been captured as well as the conspirators, and instead of receiving the promised crespine, she was bitterly rueing her folly, locked in a small turret room whose only furniture was a bundle of straw and a rug, with the pleasing prospect of worse usage when her mistress should return.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood A Tale of the Fourteenth Century

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