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[top-not] /ˈtɒpˌnɒt/
a tuft of hair growing on the top of the head.
hair fashioned into a knob or ball on top of the head.
a tuft or crest of feathers on the head of a bird.
a knot or bow of ribbon worn on the top of the head.
Origin of topknot
First recorded in 1680-90; top1 + knot1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A topknot, tied by the leg to the fence, struggles madly to escape.

  • Same when a mestizo buzzes close; you can have his topknot as much as you like.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
  • There is one variety of this species which has a topknot, or crest.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • "topknot has a spark of sense," said he, leading her along to the green-house.

    Little Folks Astray Sophia May (Rebecca Sophia Clarke)
  • Why, it's something you musn't ever tell, topknot, not to anybody that lives.

    Little Folks Astray Sophia May (Rebecca Sophia Clarke)
  • But the distinctive feature, with the men as with the women, is the topknot coiffure.

  • topknot hev jes kem off'n her nest with fourteen deedies, an' she an' 'Melia hev gone ter the barn ter see 'bout'n 'em.

    His "Day In Court" Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • He saw the clear-cut features, the firm chin, the white forehead and the topknot of fair hair against the white pillow.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for topknot


a crest, tuft, decorative bow, chignon, etc, on the top of the head
any of several European flatfishes of the genus Zeugopterus and related genera, esp Z. punctatus, which has an oval dark brown body marked with darker blotches: family Bothidae (turbot, etc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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