[ tip-it ]
/ ˈtɪp ɪt /


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.
  1. a short length of gut, nylon, or the like, for tying an artificial fly to the leader.
  2. a branch of the shaft of a bird feather, serving as the tail of an artificial fly.

Nearby words

  1. tippecanoe and tyler too,
  2. tippee,
  3. tipper,
  4. tipper truck,
  5. tipperary,
  6. tippett,
  7. tippett, sir michael,
  8. tipping point,
  9. tipple,
  10. tippler

Origin of tippet

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at tip1, -et

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British Dictionary definitions for tippet


/ (ˈtɪpɪt) /


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

Word Origin for tippet

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."

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