mob cap

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Etymology[edit]

From mob (promiscuous woman) + cap (hat).

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Noun[edit]

mob cap (plural mob caps)

  1. (chiefly historical) A plain cap or headdress for women or girls, especially one tied under the chin by a very broad band.
    • 1814, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park[1], volume one, chapter XV, Thomas Egerton:
      You must get a brown gown, and a white apron, and a mob cap, and we must make you a few wrinkles, and a little of the crowsfoot at the corner of your eyes, and you will be a very proper, little old woman.
    • 1970, John Glassco, Memoirs of Montparnasse, New York 2007, p. 161:
      She was dressed entirely in flowing black cerements and wore a little lacy mob-cap on a mass of dead-looking yellowish white hair; her features were still beautiful, but her face was completely covered with mauve face-powder.