top·​knot | \ ˈtäp-ˌnät How to pronounce topknot (audio) \
plural topknots

Definition of topknot

1 : an ornament (such as a knot of ribbons or a pompom) forming a headdress or worn as part of a coiffure
2 : an arrangement of hair high on the head and usually in a knot The dome light lit the inside of the car like a shadow box, but the car was packed with bags nearly to the ceiling and Mrs. Richardson could only just make out the faint silhouette of Mia's head, the messy topknot perched at the crown of her head.— Celeste Ng
3 : a crest of feathers or tuft of hair on the top of the head

Examples of topknot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dough is twisted into a loose topknot, then re-rolled, sending veins of butter through overlapping layers. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 4 May 2022 One rare chicken of Polish descent, white and with a fashionable topknot, catches my eye. Gary Shteyngart, Town & Country, 31 Mar. 2022 Whenever Pam wore her hair in a topknot or an updo, each wig had a separate custom nape piece to make sure that the hair looked as realistic as possible, which can be challenging when working with wigs, Moe says. Rachel Burchfield, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Feb. 2022 His facial features are soft; his hair is done up in a topknot. New York Times, 26 Jan. 2022 Perkins opts for the latter, paired with a high and tight topknot bun. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 17 June 2021 On the very top of her head, her slicked hair transitions into a braided topknot with three looped braids arising from it. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 13 Sep. 2021 Posted by Quinty Mirjam de Vries, who has more than 44 million likes on the platform, the hack demonstrates how a simple flick of the wrist is all that's needed to secure the perfect topknot. Lottie Winter, Glamour, 18 Aug. 2021 Armond offered the waiter with the topknot his choice of shifts and some K to get naked together. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 1 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of topknot

circa 1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2022

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“Topknot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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top·​knot | \ ˈtäp-ˌnät How to pronounce topknot (audio) \

Kids Definition of topknot

: a tuft of feathers or hair on the top of the head


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