Definitions

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

  • n. A cloth covering for a cap, having a flap to cover and protect the back of the neck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cap incorporating a cloth hanging down the sides and back, to protect the ears and neck; often created ad hoc by placing a kerchief on the head and holding it in place with a cap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light cloth covering for the head and neck, used by soldiers as a protection from sunstroke.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A white cap-cover of light washable material, with a flap hanging behind to protect the neck, sometimes worn by soldiers when exposed to the sun in hot climates.

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

  • n. a cloth covering for a service cap with a flap extending over the back of the neck to protect the neck from direct rays of the sun

Etymologies

After Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857), British soldier.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Havelock, after Sir Henry Havelock. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She sewed for him, with the neatest of stitches, white gaiters, and a "havelock" for his cap - these afterward abandoned by authority as too shining marks for riflemen - tears dropping now and then upon her handiwork, but never a thought of telling

    Harrison, Mrs. Burton, 1843-1920. Recollections Grave and Gay

  • One was the secretary, only now he carried a machete and a candle and wore a black hat covered by a sequined havelock.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

  • Signaling to Davies to get under cover, he sprang into his own stand, and, crouching amid the straw, hastily drew over his black fur cap his linen havelock, and looking well to the priming of his gun, sought the whereabouts of the swift-flying birds.

    Adrift in the Ice-Fields

  • Blecker, leaning over the gate, of how she had brought him a badly-made havelock that morning.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 67, May, 1863

  • The traveler may call it stupid and ugly, if he calls it at all; our Hermitage still patiently wears its havelock of weather-beaten shingles, for _it_ knows that beneath its lowly roof -- radiant with whitewash and fresh paper -- are cozy, coolly curtained rooms, where friendly books look down from the wall, and drowsy arm-chairs woo from the corners.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No 4, October, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • It poured as we stood on the forward deck; but my rubber blanket shed the rain, and my havelock, of the same material, kept it off head and neck.

    The Romance of the Civil War

  • Under them lay the color guard; the scabbarded swords of the colonel and his staff were stuck upright in the ground, and the blanket-swathed figures of the officers in poncho and havelock reposed close by.

    Special Messenger

  • The knob of his stick and his legs shook together with passion, whilst the trunk, draped in the wings of the havelock, preserved his historic attitude of defiance.

    The Secret Agent; a Simple Tale

  • I see him walking about Piccadilly in his green havelock almost every day.

    The Secret Agent; a Simple Tale

  • Before him, Karl Yundt remained standing, one wing of his faded greenish havelock thrown back cavalierly over his shoulder.

    The Secret Agent; a Simple Tale

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