topee

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English[edit]

A man, left, wearing a topee

Etymology[edit]

From Hindi टोपी (ṭōpī, a hat).

Noun[edit]

topee (plural topees)

  1. A pith helmet.
    • 1933, Peter Fleming, Brazilian Adventure: A Quest Into the Heart of the Amazon, 2011, page 203,
      I lent my topee to Camarião, who looked extremely odd in it.
    • 1968, Paul Scott, The Day of the Scorpion [The Raj Quartet, Volume 2], 1998, page 444,
      There were a few people on the platform, among them two Indian police, and a station oflicial with a white topee.
    • 1979, Dudley Pope, Convoy, 2001, page 138,
      'Not a drop of perspiration on his face,' Ned had commented, 'and in the tropics now no one wears a topee, except certain regiments, and Peter the Planter's type of topee blows off in anything over a five-knot breeze.'

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