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  1. a tuft of hair growing on the top of the head.
  2. hair fashioned into a knob or ball on top of the head.
  3. a tuft or crest of feathers on the head of a bird.
  4. a knot or bow of ribbon worn on the top of the head.

Origin of topknot

First recorded in 1680–90; top1 + knot1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of topknot

Historical Examples of topknot

  • A topknot, tied by the leg to the fence, struggles madly to escape.

  • Same when a mestizo buzzes close; you can have his topknot as much as you like.

  • There is one variety of this species which has a topknot, or crest.

    Our Domestic Birds

    John H. Robinson

  • "Topknot has a spark of sense," said he, leading her along to the green-house.

    Little Folks Astray

    Sophia May (Rebecca Sophia Clarke)

  • Why, it's something you musn't ever tell, Topknot, not to anybody that lives.

    Little Folks Astray

    Sophia May (Rebecca Sophia Clarke)

British Dictionary definitions for topknot


  1. a crest, tuft, decorative bow, chignon, etc, on the top of the head
  2. any of several European flatfishes of the genus Zeugopterus and related genera, esp Z. punctatus, which has an oval dark brown body marked with darker blotches: family Bothidae (turbot, etc)
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