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liberty cap

  1. a soft, conical cap given to a freed slave in ancient Rome at manumission of his servitude, used as a symbol of liberty, especially since the 18th century.
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Compare Phrygian cap.

Origin of liberty cap

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for liberty cap

Historical Examples of liberty cap

  • The men wear a tall, red, liberty-cap sort of a bonnet, its top-knot hanging down to the shoulder—always to the left.

    Castles and Chateaux of Old Navarre and the Basque Provinces

    Francis Miltoun

  • On the highest point in the center a fine flagstaff one hundred and twenty feet high was proudly crowned by a liberty-cap.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty

    Charles A. Murdock

  • A liberty-cap, and a large well-made shield on which to lean, added to the picturesque effect.

    Betty's Happy Year

    Carolyn Wells

  • With a bursting heart, he snatched off his liberty-cap, threw it in the air, and cried: "Vive la République!"

    When a Cobbler Ruled a King

    Augusta Huiell Seaman

  • But when it came to the liberty-cap, nothing would induce him to let it be placed on his head.

    When a Cobbler Ruled a King

    Augusta Huiell Seaman

British Dictionary definitions for liberty cap

liberty cap

  1. a cap of soft felt worn as a symbol of liberty, esp during the French Revolution, from the practice in ancient Rome of giving a freed slave such a cap
  2. a poisonous hallucinogenic basidiomycetous fungus, Psilocybe semilanceata, yellowish-brown with a distinctive pointed cap, found in groups in grassland
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