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

  • n. A French military cap with a flat circular top and a visor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cap with a flat circular top and a visor, particularly associated with French uniforms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A military cap having a close-fitting band, a round flat top sloping toward the front, and a visor. As originally worn by the French in Algeria about 1830 it was tall and stiff with a straight visor. It is now lower, has a curved visor, and is frequently soft.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of cap first worn by French troops in Algeria, and since much worn by other French troops and in other countries, as well as in public schools and institutions, etc.

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

  • n. a cap with a flat circular top and a visor

Etymologies

French képi, from German dialectal Käppi, diminutive of German Kappe, cap, from Middle High German kappe, cloak, cap, from Old High German kappa, cloak, probably from Late Latin cappa, head covering.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French képi, from Swiss German Käppi, diminutive of Kappe, from Middle High German kappe, from Old High German kappa, from Latin cappa. Akin to English cap. (Wiktionary)

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