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  1. zucchetto.
  2. skullcap(def 1).
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Origin of calotte

1625–35; < French, Middle French: skullcap, perhaps equivalent to Old French cale ribbon for the hair, kind of hat (perhaps from escale shell (see scale1) taken as a deverbal form with es- ex1) + -otte diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for calotte

Historical Examples

  • The children at Calotte, too,—they are too far from the school; mind that they have their books.'

    Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • A Head of an Asiatic, seen in a front view, having on a calotte.

  • The hat was turned back, exposing a black closely cut bang resembling a calotte.

    On the Seaboard

    August Strindberg

  • A blond forming a fanchon on the calotte is laid also under the other edge of the ornament.

  • The Bust of a Man, seen in a front view, having on a cap in the shape of a calotte, and a mantle bordered with carmine.

British Dictionary definitions for calotte


  1. a skullcap worn by Roman Catholic clergy
  2. architect a concavity in the form of a niche or cup, serving to reduce the apparent height of an alcove or chapel
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Word Origin

C17: from French, from Provençal calota, perhaps from Greek kaluptra hood
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