One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A knot of hair arranged on the top of the head.
- ‘Sword-bearing was restricted to the army, and the characteristic topknot hairstyle forbidden.’
- ‘Kings and Gods both wear their hair in beehive topknots and sit cross-legged gazing down from their gaddis under crimson parasols, as the courtiers feast, and dancing girls celebrate their victories over the enemy.’
- ‘A small girl, oblivious of the tiny drama, toys with the float of the lady's hair, which has slipped from her topknot, perhaps as a result of her admirer's tentative advance.’
- ‘Murry had lost his topknot hair, and in a bid to conceal his scalp, he appeared to have grown a cover crop of spindly strands at the nape of his neck that reached, when he combed them up and over, all the way to his forehead.’
- ‘They all wore their hair long, generally in a topknot.’
- ‘Cassandra started wearing her brown hair in a topknot ponytail as it grew to her lower back.’
- ‘The men carry short swords in blunt-tipped scabbards slung around their necks, wear their hair in topknots and sport complicated, swirling facial tattoos.’
- ‘His hair is oiled and groomed into a beehive topknot; his high, unfurrowed forehead is punctuated with a round caste mark.’
- ‘She unfastened the velvet choker from her throat, gathered her hair up, and used the choker to tie her hair into a brushy topknot, then pulled her dress off over her head and dropped it into the bin.’
- ‘However, we can easily guess his social status from his elaborate coiffure: in the manner of high-ranking men, his hair is done up in a topknot, kept in place by an ornamental hairpin.’
- ‘A crown of sapphires sat on her honey colored hair, which was pulled into a fancy topknot.’
- ‘Unlike most samurai, he did not wear a topknot, but instead kept his hair long and flowing, tied back in a horse's tail at the nape of his neck.’
- ‘The hairstyle for men in Okinawa (as well as Japan) prior to the modern era was to tie long hair in a knot on top of the head and secure it with a single hairpin, as shown here, or with two hairpins pushed through the topknot from different angles.’
- ‘She had a soft Irish accent and a mop of light brown hair twisted into a loose topknot.’
- ‘Crimping of the bangs will add texture and fullness to the front of your face while crimping of a topknot or ponytail will add height.’
- ‘Skerry is already sitting, wolfing things down, her blue hair up in a precarious topknot and a few scattered braids.’
- ‘Only one other child - a weeping boy - looked up as her face, framed by long dark hair piled in a topknot, appeared at the window.’
- ‘By 1668, the term had shifted to chamorro, because Chamorro men often wore a topknot of hair on an otherwise shaved scalp.’
- ‘Many of them keep long hairs arranged as a topknot known as dhammil in their community but not all of them keep their hair in the same style.’
- ‘She dressed for comfort, usually in slacks and sweater, with her red hair caught up in a topknot.’
- 1.1 A decorative knot or bow of ribbon worn on the top of the head, popular in the 18th century.
- ‘In the later images she would have been vulnerable to the charge of excessive luxury by wearing a topknot - the cause of some considerable ballad debate over sartorial morality in the 1690s.’
- ‘The Templars' helmet topknots fluttered in a mass of red cloth.’
- ‘We discern dangling-armed, doll-like Pierrot, the black-masked face and gaudy triangle-patched jumpsuit of Harlequin, the pert topknot of Columbine, the striped jerkin and rakish cowl of Mezzetin.’
- 1.2 (in an animal or bird) a tuft or crest of hair or feathers.
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- ‘The Irish Water Spaniel is often called the clown of the spaniel family, possibly due to the unique appearance of a characteristic topknot together with a peak of curly hair between the eyes.’
- ‘All green, blue on the leading edges of the wings, a red topknot and red cheek patches; flies beautifully with a swooping flight, more or less like a rosella and it screeches as it flies and this is its territorial call.’
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