Definitions

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

  • n. A crest or knot of hair or feathers on the crown of the head.
  • n. A decorative ribbon or bow worn as a headdress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a decorative knot of hair on the crown of the head, sometimes having ribbons or feathers
  • n. a decorative headdress
  • n. A crest or knot of feathers upon the head or top, as of a bird.
  • n. A small European flounder (Rhoumbus punctatus or allied species).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A crest or knot of feathers upon the head or top, as of a bird; also, an ornamental knot worn on top of the head, as by women.
  • n. A small Europen flounder (Rhoumbus punctatus). The name is also applied to allied species.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any knot, tuft, or crest worn or growing on the head: applied to any egret, crest, or tuft of feathers on the head of a bird, the hair on the top of the human head, any projecting or conspicuous ornament for the head, etc.; specifically, a bow, as of ribbon, forming a part of the head-dress of women in the seventeenth century.
  • n. A flatfish, Phrynorhombus unimaculatus, or Bloch's topknot, and some related species: so called from a long filament on the head.
  • n. One of any of the breeds of domestic hens which have a crest.

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

  • n. headdress consisting of a decorative ribbon or bow worn in the hair
  • n. showy crest or knot of hair or feathers

Etymologies

top +‎ knot (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She wore a false front, which she called a topknot, the small, crimped, deep-brown mohair curls of which were bound about her forehead with a bit of black velvet ribbon, while gray hairs straggled from underneath to make the patent sham more transparent still; and over her topknot she wore a rusty black cap that enclosed the keen monkeyish face like a ruff.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 102, June, 1876

  • This last is observed in Burma and Laos, but not in Siam and Camboja where is substituted for it the Kôn Chũ̆k or shaving of the topknot, which is allowed to grow until the eleventh or thirteenth year.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3

  • His long hair, pure white, was twisted up in a kind of topknot and fastened there by pins of dull gold.

    Darkness and Dawn

  • He kissed her hand and then the "topknot" as he called the point into which her hair was gathered at the crown of her head.

    The Great God Success

  • The topknot was the extra touch ” the touch of poetry that I have always looked for in things, and that Hiram, in his way, craved and sought for, too.

    Our Friend John Burroughs

  • I took a hot but quick shower, pulled my hair up into a topknot, and got dressed before I left my apartment.

    Real wifeys

  • I wore my hair up in a loose and messy topknot with these flashy, oversized rhinestone hoops.

    Real wifeys

  • His dark suit, sunglasses, and topknot make him look like a weird Japanese version of a slick gangster, but his dedication above all to Riko gives him an odd charm.

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  • Set high along the right wall, a fourth-century stucco head looks down, hair piled in a topknot indicating buddhahood, while at the back of the room a frieze from the late second to third century shows the Buddha teaching.

    At the Intersection of Opposites

  • She stared him down and he let her turn her back to him, her topknot ponytail flicking the air and her red boots stomping the dirty sidewalk.

    Locomotion

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