(French) képi, of German origin.
A military cap having a close-fitting band, a round flat top sloping toward the front, and a visor. As originally worn by the French in Algeria about 1830 it was tall and stiff with a straight visor. It is now lower, has a curved visor, and is frequently soft.
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From French képi, from Swiss German Käppi, diminutive of Kappe, from Middle High German kappe, from Old High German kappa, from Latin cappa. Akin to English cap.
kepi (plural kepis) A cap with a flat circular top and a visor, particularly associated with French uniforms. 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 22, The Dust of Conflict: Appleby rose from his seat when Morales came in. He shook hands urbanely, unbuckled his sword, and laid his kepi on the table, and then sat down with an expression of concern in his olive face which Appleby fancied was assumed.
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