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[klawth-kap, kloth-] /ˈklɔθˌkæp, ˈklɒθ-/
adjective, British.
pertaining to or characteristic of the working class.
Origin of cloth-cap
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He wore an overcoat buttoned up to the throat and a cloth cap.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • Tis a different case, for instance, with yon poor fellow in the cloth cap.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • He raised his cloth cap as he answered, and his brown eyes fell.

    A Country Sweetheart Dora Russell
  • He had his cloth cap in his hands and kept twisting it about and fiddling with it as he talked.

    The Great Miss Driver Anthony Hope
  • The rope was then rearranged to his satisfaction, and the cloth cap placed over his head.

    Sword and Pen John Algernon Owens
  • Maturina was to have a dress of good black cloth, a cloth cap trimmed with fur, and two ducats.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • When he had finished he rose slowly from his chair, took a cloth cap from a peg, and went through the open door into the garden.

    The Squire's Daughter Silas K(itto) Hocking
  • He stood just inside the door blinking a little at the sudden light and twisting his cloth cap round and round in his hands.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • When Ashton-Kirk and his aide reached the sidewalk a man in a cloth cap approached.

    Ashton Kirk, Secret Agent John T. McIntyre
  • He wears an old frock-coat that hangs almost to his heels, and a cloth cap, greasy and worn, upon his head.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for cloth cap

cloth cap

noun (Brit)
Also called flat cap. a flat woollen cap with a stiff peak
  1. a symbol of working-class ethos or origin
  2. (as modifier): cloth-cap attitudes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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