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

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The figure’s pained expression suggests nothing restful, her topknots wound tight like horns. Globe Staff,, "Getting real in a stirring show at Mass MoCA," 13 June 2019 The singer, who typically wears wigs or veils that conceal her face, rocked at topknot at the Daily Front Row Awards. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Sia Just Made a Rare Public Appearance Without Her Face Covered," 18 Mar. 2019 Scrunch the mousse into your strands, flip your head over, and twist your hair into a high topknot, making sure it isn't pulled too tightly around your scalp. Glamour, "How to Keep Curls Overnight Without Losing Their Shape," 14 May 2019 Her hair was as summer-ready as her dress, pulled into a high topknot with a center part, with wispy strands framing her face in the Parisian breeze. Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner Wears Mugler Little Black Dress During "X-Men" Press Tour in Paris," 27 Apr. 2019 Everly is twinning with her fairy hero in a green princess dress (with matching wings, naturally) and even a half topknot. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Everly Tatum Fangirls over Her 'Idol' at Disneyland—and Jenna Dewan Films the Sweet Moment," 18 Feb. 2019 With her dark lengths pulled back in a wispy topknot, Ju begins by saturating cotton rounds in Chanel’s Démaquillant Yeux Intense eye-makeup remover, holding one pad over each eye for 10 seconds while stubborn pigments melt away. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Watch Model Xiao Wen Ju’s 9-Step Nighttime Skin-Care Routine," 23 Jan. 2019 Leave a small section of hair out while forming your topknot. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "17 Genius Curly Hair Tips and Tricks," 1 Dec. 2017 The model showed off a streak of pink decorating her intricate topknot, peeking out from the top of an otherwise sleek style. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Debuted Pink Hair at Dior Homme’s Tokyo Show," 3 Dec. 2018

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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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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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