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 In the 19th century, some American politicians found a new reason to object to the liberty cap as a national symbol. Greg Daugherty, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 June 2024 The form is clearly a liberty cap. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 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, 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, 6 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of liberty cap was in 1773

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“Liberty cap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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