From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: Tippet


Anglican priest wearing a black tippet.


From Middle English tippet, Old English tæppet, from Latin tapete (cloth).


  • IPA(key): /ˈtɪpɪt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪpɪt


English Wikipedia has an article on:

tippet (plural tippets)

  1. A shoulder covering, typically the fur of a fox, with long ends that dangle in front.
    • 1942, Emily Carr, “Christmas”, in The Book of Small:
      Drygoods shops did not have much that was Christmassy to display except red flannel and rabbit fur baby coats and muffs and tippets.
    • 1944 May and June, “Notes and News: The Eastern Counties Railway”, in Railway Magazine, page 182:
      In practice, this "sunshine roof" did not prove so attractive, since a correspondent wrote to the Railway Times on September 4, 1839, recording that a third-class lady passenger "had her tippet set on fire, and, in extinguishing the same, severely burnt her hand.
  2. A stole worn by Anglican ministers or other clergymen.
    • 1581, Meredith Hanmer, chapter 3, in The Iesuites Banner[1], London:
      [] so this Iesuitical sect is descrired by their long [i]ackets, their course stockinges, their thicke cobled shoes, their long clokes with claspe vnder the chin, their sorbonical tippet []
  3. (historical) A piece of mail armor protecting the shoulders and neck; a camail.
    • 1908, Archaeologia Cambrensis, page 379:
      We are inclined to think this warrior wears his camail over the upper part of the surcoat, which would account for the sudden disappearance of the shield strap or guige when it reaches the mail tippet.
    • 2012, Mary G. Houston, Medieval Costume in England and France: The 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries, Courier Corporation, →ISBN, page 221:
      Taking the place of the mail coif is the “camail” or mail tippet, which is fastened to the edge of the bascinet. His arm defences show circular plates or “palettes,” which guard the inside of the arm at pit and elbow.
    • 2014, David Nicolle, Forces of the Hanseatic League: 13th–15th Centuries, Bloomsbury Publishing, →ISBN, page 46:
      Hence this leader wears a richly decorated fur hat and a large gold neck chain, as well as a full steel cuirass over a padded mail tippet. The armour has the horizontally ridged breastplate characteristic of Germany []
  4. (Scotland, obsolete) A length of twisted hair or gut in a fishing line.[1]
  5. (Scotland, obsolete) A handful of straw bound together at one end, used for thatching.[1]
    • 1882, David Douglas, Life & Work:
      The school constituency [] provded “tippets” of straw to repair the thatch
  6. (fishing) In fly fishing, the part of the leader that attaches to the fly.
  7. A bird's ruffle.
  8. One of the patagia, or pieces at the side of the pronotum of a moth.

Derived terms[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 tippet”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.





  1. second-person plural subjunctive I of tippen

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]



  1. inflection of tippe:
    1. simple past
    2. past participle