- Rhymes: -ɒt
calotte (plural calottes)
- A skullcap worn by Roman Catholic priests.
- Synonym: zucchetto
- (archaic) The vertical central area of the crown of a bird's head.
- (architecture) A round cavity or depression, in the form of a cup or cap, lathed and plastered; used to diminish the rise or elevation of a moderate chapel, alcove, etc. which would otherwise be too high for other pieces of the apartment.
- (anatomy) The upper (superior) or lower (inferior) half of the globe of the eye.
From Old Occitan calotta, calota, either an extension of French cale (“a kind of bonnet”), or from Arabic كَلُّوتَة (kallūta, “a headdress consisting of a small cap with a giant turban, or only the small cap”). See also French calot and Latin calautica, kinds of caps.
calotte f (plural calottes)
- zucchetto (skullcap worn by Roman Catholic clergy)
- kippah (Jewish cap)
- (Belgium) calotte (religious skullcap)
- (Belgium, college slang) cap worn by students of Belgian Catholic universities after the corona ceremony (a sort of hazing)
- Antonym: penne
- (informal) tap, knock on the head, buffet, smack, cuff
- (by extension) cap (of ice)
- → English: calotte
- → German: Kalotte
- → Italian: calotta
- → Portuguese: calota
- → Spanish: galota, galocha
- “calotte”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- plural of