top·​knot | \ˈtäp-ˌnät \

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

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After twisting her brunette lengths into a high-slung topknot, Prinsloo fastened the swath of greyish blue fabric around the base and cinched it tight. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Behati Prinsloo Just Stole This New Mom Hair Trick From the Alexander Wang Runway," 5 June 2018 Above, watch as Marjan takes a smooth blowout on day 1 to beachy waves, a half-up style, a high ponytail and a sleek topknot by day 5. Jillian Ruffo,, "KarJenner Hairstylist Justine Marjan Wants You to Get 5 Days Out of Your Blowout: Here's How," 31 May 2018 Cardi also went the glam route with her hair pulled back in a slick topknot. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B's Baby Shower Was as Extra as You Expected," 27 June 2018 Since her take on the topknot has plenty of perfect, intentional flyaway texture, there's really no wrong way to go about recreating the style. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé Wears Summer Topknot Hairstyle on Instagram," 2 July 2018 Rosé's half-up topknot The singer went fully fuchsia with this look, which was complete with mini bun on the top of her head. Devon Abelman, Allure, "9 Stunning K-Pop Beauty Moments From Blackpink's "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" Music Video," 15 June 2018 And to kick off her style spree on Thursday, Gaga wore a gray-and-yellow plaid suit, black slingback pumps, cat-eye sunglasses and an intricate topknot hairstyle. Jillian Ruffo,, "Lady Gaga Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend with a Parade of Over-the-Top Outfits," 28 May 2018 But that same general shape could also represent a traditional Polynesian hairstyle for men of high rank: long hair bound up in a topknot, called a pukao, which is what gives the hats their name. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "How does a preindustrial society put a 13-ton hat on a statue?," 5 June 2018 And if her twisted topknot is any indication, those wedding plaits are slated to stick around—and take the French Open by storm. Seeded or not. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Serena Williams—and Her New Updo—Is Set to Take the French Open By Storm," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of topknot

circa 1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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top·​knot | \ˈtäp-ˌnät \

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

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