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  • n. A conical block of refined sugar, the form in which it was traditionally exported from the Caribbean and Brazil from the 17th century to the 19th century.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A conical mass of refined sugar.
  • n. Hence A hat of a conical shape.
  • n. A high conical hill: a common local name.
  • Having the form of a sugar-loaf; having a high conical form: as, a sugar-loaf hat.


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  • Mr. Anderson and I ascended the top of one of the hills, which from the amazing fine prospect all round, I have named Panorama Hill; it has a sugar-loaf looking top, with a number of wolf-holes in it.

    The Journal of a Mission to the Interior of Africa, in the Year 1805

  • They sailed north with the prevailing winds to the latitude of Bermuda about 32 degrees, then east at about 39 degrees to the Azores, with their high sugar-loaf peaks that are visible for many miles at sea.

    Champlain's Dream

  • In modern Egypt the term is applied to the tall sugar-loaf caps of felt affected mostly by regular Dervishes.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • John Podgers, in a high sugar-loaf hat and short cloak, filled the opposite seat, and surveyed the auditory with a look of mingled pride and horror very edifying to see; while the hearers, with their heads thrust forward and their mouths open, listened and trembled, and hoped there was a great deal more to come.

    Master Humphrey's Clock

  • The old city of Angouleme is perched aloft on a crag like a sugar-loaf, overlooking the plain where the Charente winds away through the meadows.

    Two Poets

  • Morgiana went home in profound grief, it may be imagined, and could hardly refrain from bursting into tears when the sugar-loaf page asked whether master was coming home early, or whether he had taken his key; she lay awake tossing and wretched the whole night, and very early in the morning rose up, and dressed, and went out.

    Mens Wives

  • Park as she was practising, yet the youthful hall-porter in the sugar-loaf buttons was instructed to deny her, and always declared that his mistress was gone out, with the most admirable assurance.

    Mens Wives

  • Mrs. Harley Baker, I know, never goes to church without John behind to carry her prayer-book; nor will Miss Welbeck, her sister, walk twenty yards a-shopping without the protection of Figby, her sugar-loaf page; though the old lady is as ugly as any woman in the parish and as tall and whiskery as a grenadier.

    The Book of Snobs

  • On arriving, I say, at our barracks at Dum Dum, I for the first time put on the beautiful uniform of the Invincibles: a light blue swallow-tailed jacket with silver lace and wings, ornamented with about 3,000 sugar-loaf buttons, rhubarb-colored leather inexpressibles (tights), and red morocco boots with silver spurs and tassels, set off to admiration the handsome persons of the officers of our corps.


  • More toil, and we pass the icedrift at our right, and sight the Cone, which looks like a dirty-white sugar-loaf; which, I was told, was a low comparison!

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton


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  • A mountain in Maryland.

    October 8, 2008

  • "A woman of about forty is climbing the stairs; she is wearing a long imitation-leather raincoat and on her head a kind of felt hat shaped like a sugar-loaf, something like what one imagines a goblin's hat to be, divided into red and grey squares."

    -- Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec, translated by David Bellos, p 4

    May 29, 2008