- a scarf, usually of fur or wool, for covering the neck, or the neck and shoulders, and usually having ends hanging down in front.Compare stole2(def 2).
- Ecclesiastical. a band of silk or the like worn around the neck with the ends pendent in front.Compare stole2(def 1).
- a long, narrow, pendent part of a hood, sleeve, etc.
- a short length of gut, nylon, or the like, for tying an artificial fly to the leader.
- a branch of the shaft of a bird feather, serving as the tail of an artificial fly.
Origin of tippet
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Examples from the Web for tippet
Laura has lost her tippet; I lend her mine, an' she kind o' blushes.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
She has on a small flat hat, and a tippet over her shoulders.Rembrandt and His Works</p>
"I shall wear my tippet when we go to the depot, and have a new hood," said Grace.Little Prudy
Perhaps the parasol was hers too, the coral beads, the muff and tippet!Nine Little Goslings</p>
One of her long sleeves she had untied from her tippet, and taken it off; the other remained.The Boarding School
- a woman's fur cape for the shoulders, often consisting of the whole fur of a fox, marten, etc
- the long stole of Anglican clergy worn during a service
- a long streamer-like part to a sleeve, hood, etc, esp in the 16th century
- the ruff of a bird
- a tippet feather or something similar used in dressing some artificial angling flies
C14: perhaps from tip 1
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Word Origin and History for tippet
c.1300, of unknown origin; perhaps from Old English tæppet "carpet, hanging."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper