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

  • n. A covering for the shoulders, as of fur, with long ends that hang in front.
  • n. A long stole worn by members of the Anglican clergy.
  • n. A long hanging part, as of a sleeve, hood, or cape.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a shoulder covering, typically the fur of a fox, with long ends that dangle in front
  • n. a stole worn by Anglican ministers
  • n. A length of twisted hair or gut in a fishing line.
  • n. A handful of straw bound together at one end, used for thatching.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cape, or scarflike garment for covering the neck, or the neck and shoulders, -- usually made of fur, cloth, or other warm material.
  • n. A length of twisted hair or gut in a fish line.
  • n. A handful of straw bound together at one end, and used for thatching.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A long and narrow pendent part of the dress, as the hanging part of a sleeve or the liripipium.
  • n. Any scarf or similar garment.
  • n. A cape or muffler, usually covering the shoulders or coming, at most, half-way to the elbow, but longer in front; especially, such a garment when made of fur; in modern use, any covering for the neck, or the neck and shoulders, with hanging ends, especially a woolen muffler tied about the neck. Fur tippets still form part of the official costume of English judges.
  • n. In the Ch. of Eng., a kind of cape worn by literates (non-graduates), of stuff, and instead of the hood, and by graduates, beneficed clergy, and dignitaries, of silk, at times when they do not wear the hood.
  • n. A hood of chain-mail: used sometimes for camail.
  • n. A length of twisted hair or gut in a fishing-line.
  • n. A bundle of straw bound together at one end, used in thatching.
  • n. In ornithology, a formation of long or downy feathers about a bird's head or neck; a ruff or ruffle.
  • n. In entomology, one of the patagia, or pieces attached to the sides of the pronotum, of a moth: so called because they are generally covered with soft, plumy scales. thus resembling tippets. Also shoulder-tippet.

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

  • n. a woman's fur shoulder cape with hanging ends; often consisting of the whole fur of a fox or marten


Middle English tipet, perhaps from tip, tip of an object.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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    April 3, 2010

  • "'I wonder—I have my own reasons for wondering—that a man of your I might almost say wealth, and of your standing, a member of Parliament, high on the post-captain's list, and well at court, cannot or rather will not afford himself a piece of rosin.'

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