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dunce cap

or dunce's cap

a tall, cone-shaped hat formerly worn by slow or lazy students as a punishment in school.
Also called fool's cap.
Origin of dunce cap
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then followed very properly the dunce cap and the fool stool.

    Revisiting the Earth James Langdon Hill
  • Do not put names on the guest cards; let each draw a card from a dunce cap.

    Dinners and Luncheons Paul Pierce
  • Had she taken the teasing of the meaner girls in a wiser spirit, she knew they would not have sent her the dunce cap.

British Dictionary definitions for dunce cap

dunce cap

a conical paper hat, formerly placed on the head of a dull child at school
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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