from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cap with a low flat crown.
  • noun Hence— A person wearing such a cap.
  • noun Less commonly, the toque worn by both men and women of the wealthier classes in the sixteenth century.

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

  • noun A kind of low-crowned cap formerly worn by all classes in England, and continued in London after disuse elsewhere; -- hence, a citizen of London.

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

  • noun a flat woolen cap with a stiff peak


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word flat-cap.


  • In his Northern Exposures series, he reveals this subculture of ferreting, grouse shooting, whippet racing and pigeon fancying to be something deeper than merely a series of flat-cap northern cliches.

    This week's new exhibitions 2011

  • Pete Brown, author of The Cask Report 2011-12, said: "Cask ale can help pubs to not only survive but thrive … as our report reveals cask is shaking off its historic flat-cap image and is seen by younger consumers as a cool drink."

    Real ale 'helping UK pubs stay open' 2011

  • Is it more fair to submit immigrants to a literacy test when considering their immigration application than it is to have a flat-cap on the amount of immigrants allowed to enter the country?

    was a literacy test fairer than restricting immigrants by quota? « Literacy « Literacy Help « Literacy News 2010

  • "Familiarity with a steel casque better becomes a king than waisall with a greasy flat-cap."

    The Last of the Barons — Volume 07 Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton 1838

  • One of the UK's most astute photographers of working-class life reveals the northern subculture of ferreting, grouse-shooting, whippet-racing and pigeon-fancying to be something deeper than a series of flat-cap cliches.

    The Guardian World News Robert Clark 2011

  • Percy Sugden's was a tale of pensioner passion: she was the blue-rinsed battle-axe with a heart of gold and a voice like granite; he was a regimented flat-cap man. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph 2010

  • Communicate consistently covers rebranding - Norwich Union's transformation to Aviva, the controversial, but successful, rebranding of Action for Children and Yorkshire's attempt to shed its flat-cap image.

    Releases feed from RealWire 2010

  • More or less invisible under a tweed flat-cap, Scott Heron cackled through the chaos, engulfed by both the huge stage and a suit intended for a rather beefier beat poet. news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph 2010

  • Matthew, 40, who wore his trademark flat-cap, spent time playing with Levi, who, he admits, is so inquisitive that the couple are unable to take their eyes off him.

    Home | Mail Online 2010

  • He's dressed for Wilson's funeral, in a large black flat-cap and a black leather coat he picked up from a second-hand shop on a previous trip to the capital, to visit Kenny Richey, the Scot who spent 21 years on death row.

    unknown title 2009


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • (noun) - A term of ridicule for a citizen. In Henry VIII's time, flat round caps were the height of fashion but, as usual, when their date was worn out, they became ridiculous. Citizens of London continued to wear them long after they were generally disused, and were often satirized for it. --Robert Nares' Glossary of the Works of English Authors, 1859

    February 7, 2018