AskDefine | Define tippet

Dictionary Definition

tippet n : a woman's fur shoulder cape with hanging ends; often consisting of the whole fur of a fox or marten

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  1. a shoulder covering, typically the fur of a fox, with long ends that dangle in front
  2. a stole worn by Anglican ministers

Extensive Definition

A Tippet is a stole or scarf-like narrow piece of clothing, worn around the arms and above the elbow. They evolved in the fourteenth century from long sleeves and typically had one end hanging down to the knees. In later fashion, a tippet is often any scarf-like wrap, usually made of fur, such as the 16th century zibellino or the fur-lined capelets worn in the mid-18th century.

Ecclesiastical use

A ceremonial scarf worn by Anglican ministers is also sometimes called a tippet. The tippet is worn with choir dress and hangs straight down at the front. Ordained clergy wear a black tippet, while licensed readers wear a blue one. It is normally simply referred to as a preaching scarf, black scarf, or blue scarf. The tippet is different from the stole, which although often worn like a scarf is a liturgical vestment, usually made of richer material, and varying according to the liturgical color of the day.
The black preaching scarf (rarely blue, grey or green) is also worn by some Scottish Presbyterian ministers and other non-conformist clergy.


Other meanings

  • Tippet may also refer to the lightest end section of leader to which a artificial fly is tied for fly fishing.
  • It may also refer to a bird's or other animal's ruff (colorful feathers or neck hair).



  • Arnold, Janet: Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd, W S Maney and Son Ltd, Leeds 1988. ISBN 0-901286-20-6
  • Netherton, Robin, "The Tippet: Accessory after Fact?", in Robin Netherton and Gale R. Owen-Crocker, editors, Medieval Clothing and Textiles, Volume 1, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK, and Rochester, NY, the Boydell Press, 2005, ISBN 1843831236
  • Payne, Blanche: History of Costume from the Ancient Egyptians to the Twentieth Century, Harper & Row, 1965. No ISBN for this edition; ASIN B0006BMNFS
tippet in German: Pelerine
tippet in Esperanto: Pelerino
tippet in Dutch: Pélérine
tippet in Slovenian: Pelerina
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