A kind of bowler hat.
- 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.
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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