mob cap

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From mob (unruly group) + cap (hat), in reference to the riots of French Revolution.



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 July, [Jane Austen], chapter XV, in Mansfield Park: [], volume I, London: [] T[homas] Egerton, [], OCLC 39810224, pages 305–306:
      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, page 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.
  2. (modern-day use) A disposable head covering with an elasticated band, worn for cleanliness in industrial settings.


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