One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A French military cap with a horizontal peak.
- ‘Mackenzie stares out of his portrait beneath a military kepi and above a flourishing hedgerow of beard, a hybrid of fiery Highland chieftain and determined Victorian philanthropist.’
- ‘The hat should also have a back flap something like the Foreign Legion kepi.’
- ‘He furnished his security guards with French-style uniforms complete with capes and kepis.’
- ‘He rose and placed his kepi on his head before striding out into the middle of the parade ground.’
- ‘Bennett rises and gives Clinton a slight bow, lightly touching his hand to the brim of his kepi.’
- ‘A couple of hours north is the tiny state of Pondicherry, a French territory until 1950, complete with a Hôtel de Ville, gendarmes in red kepis, and croissants for breakfast.’
- ‘All that was missing were legionnaires in blue tunics and white kepis, with blancoed webbing straps attaching grey army blankets to their backs as they drilled under the Saharan sun.’
Mid 19th century: from French képi, from Swiss German Käppi, diminutive of Kappe ‘cap’.
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