top·​per ˈtä-pər How to pronounce topper (audio)
: one that is at or on the top
: something (such as a joke) that caps everything preceding
: a woman's usually short and loose-fitting lightweight outer coat
: one that puts on or takes off tops

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
Recent Examples on the Web In an Instagram post on Thanksgiving, Gwen Stefani revealed Blake Shelton's secret turkey topper: Funyons! Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 With the addition of an avant-garde topper, chunky boots, and movie star-worthy shades, Chalamet succeeded in giving fans a high-fashion deplaning moment. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 19 Nov. 2023 Add thread loops to use them as tree ornaments or gift toppers. Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Nov. 2023 This big and bold ribbon Christmas tree topper is such a unique and fun way to top the tree. Theresa Johnson, Rolling Stone, 24 Oct. 2023 The model stepped out in New York City today wearing an extremely plushy topper. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 13 Nov. 2023 Finish by gluing on a star topper and hot-gluing a hanging loop to the back of the ornament. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Nov. 2023 Those who plan on entertaining over the holidays will want to check out the deals on bedding must-haves like this memory foam mattress topper that will transform any guest bed into a luxurious hotel-like sleeping experience. Amber Love Bond, Travel + Leisure, 11 Nov. 2023 Mary-Kate also stepped it up with her outerwear game wearing a bordeaux velvet topper, teamed with blue sneakers, a tan beanie and a bag that matched Ashley's. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Time Traveler
The first known use of topper was in 1602

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Cite this Entry

“Topper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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top·​per ˈtäp-ər How to pronounce topper (audio)
: one that tops
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