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[toh-pee, toh-pee] /toʊˈpi, ˈtoʊ pi/
(in India) a lightweight helmet or sun hat made from the pith of the sola plant.
Origin of topee
First recorded in 1825-35, topee is from the Hindi word ṭopī hat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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.

    In the grip of the Mullah F. S. Brereton
  • 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
  • “Let me introduce our friend,” he said, with a quaint little bow, removing his topee as he did so.

    With Wolseley to Kumasi F.S. Brereton
  • Now and then I caught a glimpse of a European, cool and comfortable in topee and white linen.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
British Dictionary definitions for topee


/ˈtəʊpiː; -pɪ/
noun (pl) -pees, -pis
another name for pith helmet
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi topī hat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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