liberty cap


Definition of liberty cap

: a close-fitting conical cap used as a symbol of liberty by the French revolutionists and in the U.S. before 1800

Examples of liberty cap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But somewhere along the line the olive branch was dropped, and for the head wreath Crawford substituted a liberty cap in a tribute to the freeing of the Phrygian slaves in ancient times. Lily Rothman, Time, "The Surprisingly Complicated Symbolism of the Freedom Statue Mentioned in Trump's State of the Union," 1 Feb. 2018 In the early years, Uncle Sam was depicted as clean-shaven, amiable and even slightly goofy, clad in a stars-and-stripes dressing gown and liberty cap. Kim Sajet, Smithsonian, "Rosie the Riveter and Uncle Sam: Two Portraits, Two Methods of Persuasion," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of liberty cap

1773, in the meaning defined above

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“Liberty cap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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