top·​per | \ ˈtä-pər How to pronounce topper (audio) \

Definition of topper

1 : one that is at or on the top
2a : silk hat
b : opera hat
3 : something (such as a joke) that caps everything preceding
4 : a woman's usually short and loose-fitting lightweight outer coat
5 : one that puts on or takes off tops

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Examples of topper in a Sentence

Their new song soon became a chart topper. there are lots of good reasons we can't go to the concert, but the fact that the tickets are all sold out is the topper

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Libeskind spent two years creating the new tree topper, and the resulting star is comprised of 3 million crystals and weighs a whopping 900 pounds, according to the New York Times. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Rockefeller Center Has Picked This Year's Christmas Tree," 14 Nov. 2018 PranaSleep Latex Mattresses are made of multiple layers of latex foam, covered with a breathable quilted topper. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams Swear By This Mattress," 12 Mar. 2019 The burgundy topper with a brown bow at the back was worn perched on the crown of Middleton's head. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Has a New Signature Look: The Hatband," 13 Jan. 2019 Photo: David Chow for the Wall Street Journal Styling by Anne Cardenas A crisp twist on the classic pea coat, this wool Loro Piana topper is enlivened by maritime-ish bands of bright white. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "A Complete Guide to Buying the Essential Women’s Pea Coat," 11 Jan. 2019 This hat has so many fun features — the contrasting band, the open knot, the asymmetrical shape — but the best part has to be the white feather that adds several more inches to the topper's wingspan. Marci Robin, Allure, "The 30 Best Fascinators and Hats Worn by Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall," 6 Aug. 2018 The topper, however, was made with funfetti, which the couple plans to defrost and sample on their one-year anniversary. Kt Merry, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Dallas, With Love: This Texas Wedding Redefined Effortless Elegance," 7 Nov. 2018 The topper featured a sloping brim that reached below her eyes, which felt evocative of 1920s flapper fashion. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner’s Elevated Bucket Hat Is a Smart and Seasonless Choice," 5 Oct. 2018 Spotted these days on megastars including Pharrell and Justin Bieber, the floppy topper has also showed up on fashion runways, most notably Prada and Lacoste. Max Berlinger, The Seattle Times, "Move over fedora, the bucket hat is back," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of topper

1688, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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English Language Learners Definition of topper

: something that is placed on top of something else
: something that is highest on a list
US : the thing that is better, worse, etc., than everything before it

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