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

Definition of topper

1 : one that is at or on the top
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
Recent Examples on the Web Tesla has a new solar roof—and Musk says this one will work Last Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed Version 3.0 of the Solar Glass Roof, a house-topper made of solar panels that looks like slate. Wired, "Apple's New AirPods, Tesla's New Solar Roof, and More News," 28 Oct. 2019 Start with a featherbed mattress topper, then with the cooler season approaching, look for sheets made of flannel. Barbara Ballinger,, "10 ways to create a guest room that your holiday visitors won’t want to leave," 8 Oct. 2019 One of the best ways to fight off the cold and keep it chic is with a sleek topper. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "These Fall-Ready Hats Will Complete Any Look," 1 Oct. 2019 From pretty plaids to sharp stripes, nearly all of the large Christmas ornaments on the market come complete with a classic gold topper—all the better to resemble a real ornament cap with. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "These Large Christmas Ornaments Will Keep Your Lawn Merry and Bright," 19 Sep. 2019 From roll-up visors, pliable raffias and flexible straws, to floppy bucket hats, there’s a topper to squish in every suitcase and suit every price point this season. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "11 Stylish (and Packable!) Sun Hats to Wear All Summer Long," 22 May 2019 This third iteration of the electricity-generating house-topper will be cheaper, easier, and faster to install than its predecessors, Musk said in a public Q&A session. Wired, "Tesla Has a New Solar Roof—and Musk Says This One Will Work," 26 Oct. 2019 His first season was a major success with a cast of notable celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski, Rowan Blanchard, and Gwendoline Christie modeling his cake-topper ruffle-y structured dresses. Teen Vogue, "The Best Runway Looks From New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2020," 7 Sep. 2019 Hip-hop chart-topper Lizzo will headline this year's Jingle Jam concert presented by radio station WZPL-FM (99.5). David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Jingle Jam 2019 lineup will bring Lizzo to Bankers Life Fieldhouse," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of topper

1688, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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11 Dec 2019

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“Topper.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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