from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cap or head-dress formerly worn by elderly women, formed like two crescents conjoined, and, by means of wire, made to stand out from the cushion on which the hair was dressed. Its name seems to come from the resemblance of its sides to wings.


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  • Of this I was by no means certain, but could, of course, make no rejoinder; and Her Majesty's face, beneath her becoming fly-cap, beamed with a true benevolence as she pronounced these words.

    The Ladies A Shining Constellation of Wit and Beauty

  • Tigers 'tusks; the Pope's candle; the skeleton of a Guinea-pig; a fly-cap monkey, a piece of the true Cross; the Four Evangelists' heads cut out on a cherry stone; the King of Morocco's tobacco-pipe; Mary Queen of Scots 'pincushion; Queen Elizabeth's prayer-book; a pair of Nun's stockings; Job's ears, which grew on a tree; a frog in a tobacco stopper; and five hundred more odd relics!

    All About Coffee 1909

  • Edgeworth Bess wore a scarlet tabby negligée, -- a sort of undress, or sack, then much in vogue, -- which suited her to admiration, and upon her head had what was called a fly-cap, with richly-laced lappets.

    Jack Sheppard A Romance William Harrison Ainsworth 1843

  • The following touch of costume, too, in Sir Peter's description of the rustic dress of Lady Teazle before he married her: -- "You forget when a little wire and gauze, with a few beads, made you a fly-cap not much bigger than a blue-bottle."

    Memoirs of the Life of the Rt. Hon. Richard Brinsley Sheridan — Volume 01 Thomas Moore 1815

  • _chignon_ -- then at the top of the mount of hair and horsehair was laid a gauze platform, stuck full of little red daisies, from the centre of which platform rose a plume of feathers a full yard high -- or in lieu of platform, flowers, and feathers, there was sometimes a fly-cap, or a wing-cap, or a

    Tales and Novels — Volume 09 Maria Edgeworth 1808


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