[ mob-kap ]
/ ˈmɒbˌkæp /


a soft cloth cap with a full crown, fitting down over the ears and frequently tying beneath the chin, formerly worn indoors by women.

Origin of mobcap

1785–95; perhaps mob slattern (itself perhaps variant of Mab for Mabel) + cap1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mobcap

  • In her later years Mary is said to have worn a mobcap and kerchief.

    The Stronghold|Miriam Haynie
  • The little witch-like woman with her black-handled stick and her mobcap was no unfrequent visitor to this shut-up house.

    The Sign Of The Red Cross|Evelyn Everett-Green

British Dictionary definitions for mobcap


/ (ˈmɒbˌkæp) /


a woman's large cotton cap with a pouched crown and usually a frill, worn esp during the 18th centuryOften shortened to: mob

Word Origin for mobcap

C18: from obsolete mob woman, esp a loose-living woman, + cap
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