Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large high frilly cap with a full crown, worn indoors by women in the 1700s and early 1800s.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cap with a bag-shaped or puffy crown and a broad band and frills.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A plain cap or headdress for women or girls; especially, one tying under the chin by a very broad band, generally of the same material as the cap itself.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative form of mob cap.

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

  • noun large high frilly cap with a full crown; formerly worn indoors by women

Etymologies

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

[Probably mob, mobcap (possibly from Dutch mopmuts, cap : obsolete Dutch mop-, to cover up + muts, cap) + cap.]

Examples

  • And hair a frizzed hennaed horror beneath a stained mobcap, her striped yellow and red gown stretched to breaking beneath a pink apron.

    Earl of Durkness

  • Liberty and her mobcap are smaller than on the 1808 pieces, giving room for the stars to encircle all but the bottom of the portrait, but the reverse from that version was continued with only slight modifications (refinement of the lower wing feathers most noticeable).

    Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle, Large Diameter, 1821-1827 : Coin Guide

  • And hair a frizzed hennaed horror beneath a stained mobcap, her striped yellow and red gown stretched to breaking beneath a pink apron.

    Earl of Durkness

  • And hair a frizzed hennaed horror beneath a stained mobcap, her striped yellow and red gown stretched to breaking beneath a pink apron.

    Earl of Durkness

  • Liberty and her mobcap are smaller than on the 1808 pieces, giving room for the stars to encircle all but the bottom of the portrait, but the reverse from that version was continued with only slight modifications refinement of the lower wing feathers most noticeable.

    Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle, Large Diameter, 1821-1827 : Coin Guide

  • The housekeeper was clad in her usual black, a white mobcap upon her stern white curls.

    The Laird Who Loved Me

  • The housekeeper was clad in her usual black, a white mobcap upon her stern white curls.

    The Laird Who Loved Me

  • The housekeeper was clad in her usual black, a white mobcap upon her stern white curls.

    The Laird Who Loved Me

  • (This results in a sort of bonnet-mobcap thing, which looks a bit coy, but is necessary.)

    Toast:

  • There is also a whole gorgeous jar of a locally made hazelnut spread, a sort of whole food version of Nutella, with a mobcap and ribbon on top - and a packet of bottarga-which I have read about and longed to try.

    BBM#3: Piedmont Parcel

Comments

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  • Indoors says WordNet, but it's a little Bo-Peep for me.

    September 25, 2008

  • Also see mob cap.

    September 25, 2008

  • And mob-cap.

    September 21, 2009