Definition of mobcap in US English:



  • A large soft hat covering all of the hair and typically having a decorative frill, worn indoors by women in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

    • ‘Her hair was a dark brown and pulled up under her mob cap.’
    • ‘Waitresses are dressed in black and wear white mob caps.’
    • ‘Sara looked up as Amy entered the room dressed in her simple black dress with the white apron and mob cap.’
    • ‘Her brown hair peeked in wisps from under her mob cap, and when she saw me, she smiled.’


Mid 18th century: mob, variant of obsolete mab ‘slut’. The word mob was first used in the sense ‘prostitute’ (mid to late 17th century), later denoting a negligee.