A skullcap, especially one worn by Roman Catholic priests.
A small, brimless cap.
Other Word Forms
Origin of calotte
- French from Provençal calota or Italian callotta
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- French calotte, diminutive of calot, from écale (“husk, shell (of a nut)”) (due to similar shape and closely fitting the head), from Old French escale, from Old High German scāla (cognate to English scale).
- Alternatively, may be related to Greek kalyptra (English calyptra).