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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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

Word Origin for calotte

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