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topee

or to·pi

[toh-pee, toh-pee]
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noun
  1. (in India) a lightweight helmet or sun hat made from the pith of the sola plant.
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Origin of topee

First recorded in 1825–35, topee is from the Hindi word ṭopī hat
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Examples from the Web for topee

Historical Examples

  • Then she went swiftly for her topee and gloves and parasol, and fled from the bungalow.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • Yet he reminded her of somebody, but him she had always seen in a topee, out of doors.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • One morning he had a bullet through his topee and one through a pocket.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite

    Edward O. Mousley

  • He was clad in white from head to foot, and wore an enormous "topee," or pith helmet, upon his head.

  • I set out yesterday for the hospital to recover a topee, as I heard a British officer had died there.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite

    Edward O. Mousley


British Dictionary definitions for topee

topee

topi

noun plural -pees or -pis
  1. another name for pith helmet
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Word Origin

C19: from Hindi topī hat
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