Calotte definition

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A skullcap, especially one worn by Roman Catholic priests.
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A small, brimless cap.
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A skullcap worn by Roman Catholic priests.
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(archaic) The vertical central area of the crown of a bird's head.
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(architecture) A round cavity or depression, in the form of a cup or cap, lathed and plastered; used to diminish the rise or elevation of a moderate chapel, alcove, etc. which would otherwise be too high for other pieces of the apartment.
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(anatomy) The upper (superi) or lower (inferi) half of the globe of the eye.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
calotte
Plural:
calottes

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).

    From Wiktionary

  • Alternatively, may be related to Greek kalyptra (English calyptra).

    From Wiktionary