top·​per | \ ˈtä-pər \

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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Jolie’s knit was the ideal topper for her off-duty outing with the family. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Angelina Jolie Has Found the Perfect Summer Office Uniform," 16 Aug. 2018 Tempur-Pedic's 3-inch topper gives you access to the coveted material without the hefty price tag. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "7 Top-Rated Mattress Toppers, According to Textile Pros," 19 Dec. 2018 At once sculptural and delicate, the toppers function as art pieces when turned on, casting ethereal shadows and playing tricks with the light. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Pleated Lampshades Are On Their Way Back," 13 Dec. 2018 For the first time in 14 years, the Rockefeller Center tree has a new topper. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How Architect Daniel Libeskind Redesigned the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Star," 15 Nov. 2018 Since, only Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, in 2010-11, has also yielded five toppers. Gary Trust, Billboard, "This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2008, Katy Perry 'Kissed a Girl' & Hit No. 1 on the Hot 100," 2 July 2018 Other glittery products include a shimmery lip and eye topper that comes in a dazzling gold, a black liquid liner, and a light-pink lip luster that's overflowing with shimmer potential. Lauren Rearick, Allure, "Juicy Couture Is Launching a Makeup Collection With a Velour-Inspired Lipstick," 28 Sep. 2018 Other glittery products include a shimmery lip and eye topper that comes in a dazzling gold, a plain black liquid liner, and a light pink lip luster that's overflowing with shimmer potential. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Juicy Couture Launched a Makeup Line," 27 Sep. 2018 Opt for the Dreamfoam 2-inch gel swirl memory foam topper ($54.99 to $107.18) to add non-bulky comfort in a hurry. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 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

the topper : the thing that is better, worse, etc., than everything before it

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to gather or build up little by little

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