Definition of Fool's cap

1. Noun. A cone-shaped paper hat formerly placed on the head of slow or lazy pupils.

Exact synonyms: Dunce Cap, Dunce's Cap
Generic synonyms: Chapeau, Hat, Lid

Definition of Fool's cap

1. Noun. A cap, usually brightly coloured with bells and tassels, as worn by a court jester or fool. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fool's Cap

fool's cap
fool's errand
fool's gold
fool's huckleberry
fool's mate
fool's mates
fool's paradise
fool's parsley
fool about
fool away
fool to oneself
fool up

Literary usage of Fool's cap

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1. History of New England by John Gorham Palfrey, Francis Winthrop Palfrey (1899)
"... display himself in a fool's cap; — yet but associations invest it, which touch why not in a fool.s cap as soon as in whatever is strongest and deepest ..."

2. An Explanatory and Pronouncing Dictionary of the Noted Names of Fiction by William Adolphus Wheeler (1872)
"... with his cap fashioned into the resemblance of a coxcomb, and his bauble, a truncheon terminated by a carved figure wearing a fool:s-cap, in his hand, ..."

3. The Journals of Hugh Gaine, Printer by Hugh Gaine (1902)
"He bas fet the Fool.s Cap upon your Head, and excited the Laughter of the Town ; and I dare fay, you are highly obliged to him for his Trouble. ..."

4. Dyce Collection: A Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts Bequeathed by South Kensington Museum Dyce Collection, John Forster (1875)
"8vo. Lond. 1832. 8956 Specimen. The Stratford Shakspere. Edited by Charles Knight. To be published in twelve monthly volumes, fool.s- cap octavo, ..."

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