Definitions

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

  • n. A large high frilly cap with a full crown, worn indoors by women in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of mob cap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

Probably mob, mobcap (possibly from Dutch mopmuts, cap : obsolete Dutch mop-, to cover up + muts, cap) + cap1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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

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

    The Laird Who Loved Me

  • 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

  • (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

  • With a tiara or a velvet mobcap or something instead of those weird headbands they put on babies lately.

    The Personal and Medieval

  • I expected perhaps a servant, but certainly not a maid in her night robe and mobcap peeking in at me.

    Shaman's Crossing

  • The apple-cheeked woman was wearing burgundy and gold, and wearing a mobcap from which wisps of gray hair poked.

    Spirited

  • Lastly, she was dressed in a black silk gown and white mobcap.

    The Gambler

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