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[lir-ee-pahyp] /ˈlɪr iˌpaɪp/
a hood with a long, hanging peak, worn originally by medieval academics and later adopted for general wear in the 14th and 15th centuries.
a long strip or tail of fabric hanging from a garment or headdress, especially the peak of this hood or a streamer on a chaperon; tippet.
Origin of liripipe
1540-50; < Medieval Latin liripipium, of obscure origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Lowest in rank are the surpliced choristers wearing hoods, with, in some instances, a liripipe depending from them behind.

  • His hood is parti-coloured and jagged at the edge and round his face, and his liripipe is very long.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • There was the twist round the head, the cockscomb, the hanging piece of liripipe.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • Here a liripipe is extravagantly long; here a gold circlet decorates curled locks with matchless taste.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • The simple folk wore a hood of linen, with a liripipe and wide ear-flaps.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • The hood is fixed on the right shoulder, and the band representing the liripipe is brought across the breast of the wearer.

    The Heritage of Dress Wilfred Mark Webb
British Dictionary definitions for liripipe


the tip of a graduate's hood
Word Origin
C14: Medieval Latin liripipium, origin obscure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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