One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A woman's long fur scarf or shawl worn around the neck and shoulders.
- ‘As well as photographs and memorabilia, the display includes a selection of instruments and one of their distinctive uniforms with its large cap, known as a veil, and a small cape called a tippet.’
- ‘Surely slivers of raw offal are the only appropriate accessory for a full-length fox coat with matching paw-and-nose tippet?’
- ‘It's like wearing a mink tippet or not recycling.’
- ‘The children were in their traditional uniform - blue trousers and blue cut-away coats with gold braid and old fashioned tabs for the boys; grey bonnets, tippets and aprons for the girls.’
- ‘Fur tippets are likely to be all the rage by November and December as not only are they a 200 year old revived fashion item rarely seen, but they are also practical in chilly windy countries in winter.’
- 1.1 A long ceremonial scarf worn especially by the clergy.
- ‘He should have had a Tyburne tippet, a halpeny halter, and all such proud prelates.’
- 1.2historical A long, narrow strip of cloth forming part of or attached to a hood or sleeve.
- ‘At his fancy-dress party, Arkadin, already huge, augments his volume with tails, a heavy cloak with a triple tippet, and a three-cornered hat.’
Middle English: probably from an Anglo-Norman derivative of the noun tip.
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