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 Like this braided topknot, try alternating parts with forward-facing and side braids. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "21 Stunning Cornrow Styles to Save to Your Hair Moodboard," 2 Dec. 2020 Sims topped off the curtain bangs with a tiny topknot, and the sleek look pairs beautifully with Union's makeup, done by makeup artist Malika James. Marci Robin, Allure, "Gabrielle Union's New Curtain Bangs Make Me Want to Reach for My Scissors," 18 Sep. 2020 Holmes carried a black grocery bag and wore a black face mask, with her hair in a topknot. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wore Sweats and Flip Flops While Grocery Shopping in New York City," 14 Sep. 2020 While a messy topknot can be considered chic on white women, even at work, a Black woman wearing a kinky puff would be considered unkempt. Ashley Alese Edwards, Glamour, "Was It Our Hair? Or Was It You?," 25 Aug. 2020 The cheerful, topknot-wearing cherub is more likely to invoke thoughts of whimsy or naivety. USA Today, "Who is your Woman of the Century?," 13 Aug. 2020 Her box braids are styled into a tall topknot and wrapped with gold wire adorned with little pearlescent shells. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Blue Ivy's Black is King Cameo Reminds Us She's the Boss," 30 July 2020 Kuman Thong, a young boy with a topknot and pantaloons, is one of the more popular spirits. Adam Dean,, "In every corner of Bangkok, spirits need a home and maybe a strawberry Fanta," 13 June 2020 Gone are the days of putting an actual sock (hence the name ) inside of your topknot or back knot. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "5 Nineties Hairstyles To Practice On Natural Hair During Quarantine," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of topknot

circa 1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of topknot was circa 1688

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“Topknot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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