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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Young at Art Museum will be hosting a special Art Station event on Monday where kids can create pencil toppers inspired by their favorite video games. Jennifer Boehm,, "Fun stuff to do with the kids this weekend: Slime, Labor Day, Dinosaurs," 28 Aug. 2019 The crispy onion toppers impede all that seasonal wonderfulness, however, and should go. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: The food satisfies, but Jovanina’s good looks are what really entice diners," 6 Aug. 2019 That erased a 1-0 Tampa lead, which came on Austin Meadows’s RBI topper up the first base line. Matt Porter,, "Last week is distant memory as Tampa completes sweep at Fenway," 2 Aug. 2019 Now, there is somewhat of a catch—this tree topper costs $120. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "Your Christmas Tree Needs This Harry Potter Hogwarts Tree Topper That Plays “Hedwig’s Theme”," 29 July 2019 Finally, each kit features a Le Riot Lip Gloss, a multi-dimensional gloss in varying finishes that can be worn alone or layered as a lipstick topper. Samantha Sasso,, "Everything You Need To Know About Lady Gaga's Makeup Line, Haus Laboratories," 15 July 2019 Or buy a rotisserie chicken from your supermarket to use as a sandwich filling or salad topper throughout the week. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "What exactly is a processed meat? And how much is safe to eat?," 30 June 2019 The Dems' ticket toppers could be duds compared with O'Rourke. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Troops to the border, Stickland to leave Legislature, Democrats set to debate, Colin Allred's baseball dreams, Dallas mayor's ambitious goals," 25 June 2019 The tiaras were out in full force at last night's white-tie banquet at Buckingham Palace, for which Queen Elizabeth chose a sparking ruby and diamond topper to complement her cream-colored evening gown by Angela Kelly. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "No, Queen Elizabeth Did Not Shade President Trump With Her Tiara Choice at the State Banquet," 4 June 2019

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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