- a scarf, usually of fur or wool, for covering the neck, or the neck and shoulders, and usually having ends hanging down in front.Compare stole2(def 2).
- Ecclesiastical. a band of silk or the like worn around the neck with the ends pendent in front.Compare stole2(def 1).
- a long, narrow, pendent part of a hood, sleeve, etc.
- a short length of gut, nylon, or the like, for tying an artificial fly to the leader.
- a branch of the shaft of a bird feather, serving as the tail of an artificial fly.
Origin of tippet
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Examples from the Web for tippet
Laura has lost her tippet; I lend her mine, an' she kind o' blushes.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
She has on a small flat hat, and a tippet over her shoulders.Rembrandt and His Works
"I shall wear my tippet when we go to the depot, and have a new hood," said Grace.Little Prudy
Perhaps the parasol was hers too, the coral beads, the muff and tippet!Nine Little Goslings
One of her long sleeves she had untied from her tippet, and taken it off; the other remained.The Boarding School
- a woman's fur cape for the shoulders, often consisting of the whole fur of a fox, marten, etc
- the long stole of Anglican clergy worn during a service
- a long streamer-like part to a sleeve, hood, etc, esp in the 16th century
- the ruff of a bird
- a tippet feather or something similar used in dressing some artificial angling flies
C14: perhaps from tip 1
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Word Origin and History for tippet
c.1300, of unknown origin; perhaps from Old English tæppet "carpet, hanging."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper