Definition of billycock in English:

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billycock

Pronunciation: /ˈbɪlɪkɒk/

noun

historical
A kind of bowler hat.
Example sentences
  • He points out that the beard and headgear - top hats, billycock hats, or woolen stocking caps - are symbols of senior male status.
  • In fact, he always wore a greasy old billycock - greasy, I imagine, because of the melted butter seeping down to his collar band.
  • Slaves wore a hat called a billycock, which was similar to the kind of hat that was worn by the British army.

Origin

Mid 19th century: said to be from the name of William Coke, nephew of Thomas William Coke, Earl of Leicester (1752–1842).

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