to·​pee tō-ˈpē How to pronounce topee (audio)
variants or
: a lightweight helmet-shaped hat made of pith or cork

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Completing the ensemble was that unmistakable symbol of imperialism, the pith helmet or solar topee. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2019

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu ṭopī

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of topee was in 1835

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“Topee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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