Definition of havelock in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhavläk/ /ˈhævlɑk/

See synonyms for havelock


  • A cloth covering for a military cap that extends downward to protect the neck.

    ‘After securing the lie of Thursday's gallantry, York himself dons the identical hat with havelock attached.’
    • ‘One soldier from Pennsylvania reported his whole regiment received havelocks made by ladies in their home county.’
    • ‘There is also written evidence of the regiment requesting and receiving a large shipment of havelocks, an item eventually deemed useless by soldiers in the field.’
    • ‘Women gathered together to make items that the soldiers would need such as havelocks, hand-knit socks and mittens, towels, sheets, pillowcases.’
    • ‘Many Civil War soldiers used their havelocks not as cap covers, but as coffee. strainers, dishcloths, or gun patches.’


Mid 19th century named after Sir Henry Havelock (1795–1857), an English general who served in India.