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Cap

Alternate meaning: in meteorology, a cap is a capping inversion.

This article is part of the
Hats and Headgear series:
Overview of headgear
Hats; Bonnets; Caps
Hoods; Helmets; Wigs
Masks; Veils; Scarves
Tiaras; Crowns
List of hats and headgear

A cap is a form of headgear. Caps are generally soft, and often have no brim, or just a peak (like on a baseball cap).

For many centuries women wore a wide variety of head-coverings which were called caps. In the 18th and 19th centuries for example a cap was a kind of head covering made of a flimsy fabric such as muslin; they were worn indoors by married women, or older unmarried women who were "on the shelf" (e.g. mob-cap).

In sport, players are given cap each time they represent their country.

A cap is also an upper bound. For example, a tax cap places an upper bound on the amount of tax a person might be required to pay. In this case the tax is said to be capped. Tax caps typically affect a commercial property, or the commercial portion of a mixed commercial/residential property.

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