A large soft hat covering all of the hair and typically having a decorative frill, worn indoors by women in the 18th and early 19th centuries.‘Her hair was a dark brown and pulled up under her mob cap.’
- ‘Her brown hair peeked in wisps from under her mob cap, and when she saw me, she smiled.’
- ‘Sara looked up as Amy entered the room dressed in her simple black dress with the white apron and mob cap.’
- ‘Waitresses are dressed in black and wear white mob caps.’
Mid 18th century mob, variant of obsolete mab ‘slut’. The word mob was first used in the sense ‘prostitute’ (mid to late 17th century), later denoting a negligee.