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[mob-kap] /ˈmɒbˌkæp/
a soft cloth cap with a full crown, fitting down over the ears and frequently tying beneath the chin, formerly worn indoors by women.
Origin of mobcap
1785-95; perhaps mob slattern (itself perhaps variant of Mab for Mabel) + cap1 Unabridged
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  • In her later years Mary is said to have worn a mobcap and kerchief.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • The little witch-like woman with her black-handled stick and her mobcap was no unfrequent visitor to this shut-up house.

    The Sign Of The Red Cross

    Evelyn Everett-Green
British Dictionary definitions for mobcap


a woman's large cotton cap with a pouched crown and usually a frill, worn esp during the 18th century Often shortened to mob
Word Origin
C18: from obsolete mob woman, esp a loose-living woman, + cap
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