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 Buns and topknots are nothing new, but the way François polished the styles with the actress’ natural hair created a modern and fresh take on the hairdos. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Lupita Nyong'o's Critics' Choice Awards Hair Is Making This Style Trendy Again," 13 Jan. 2020 The stunning showcase featured everything from mesmerizing mohawks to towering topknots created by hairstylist, Stephen Seven Hudson. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "All The Gorgeous Hair Looks From ESSENCE X Naturally Curly's 'Texture On The Runway'," 6 Sep. 2019 Davines Hair Refresher—on my fairly-clean roots just before bed, then gathered my hair in a loose topknot. Dianna Mazzone, Glamour, "This Easy Dry Shampoo Trick Makes My Blowout Last 10 Times Longer," 18 Nov. 2019 When a topknot’s not quite right, consider this the quickest way to look fresh and totally pulled together upon arrival. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Madonna’s Cool-Girl Braids Are the Ultimate Travel Day Beauty Solution," 29 Jan. 2019 If your hair is long enough, throwing it into a high ponytail or topknot can camouflage flat hair too. Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, "Expert Tips to Get of Hat Hair," 31 Oct. 2019 What to wear: A blonde shoulder-length wig smartly parted to the side, tied in a topknot or pulled back. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Need a last-minute Halloween costume? Dress as one of these Arizona internet icons," 28 Oct. 2019 Beyond a polite greeting, I was basically ignored, even by the ginger-haired character in the red swing dress and topknot (Pippi Longstocking with looser locks?) idling by the gangplank. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "On a Baltic Sea cruise, board in Sweden and wake up in Latvia, then reverse," 4 Oct. 2019 Bieber raked her blonde lengths into a high topknot secured with a black scrunchie. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber Have a Twinning Hair Moment Post-Pilates," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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23 Feb 2020

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“Topknot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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

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

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