Meaning of abacot in English:


Pronunciation /ˈabəkɒt/


  • Bycoket.

    Originally only with reference to the bycocket worn by Henry VI, but by the 18th century apparently perceived to denote a king's bycocket more generally, and by the 19th century no longer restricted to royalty.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Hall's Vnion. Apparently originally a misprint for bycoket, incorporating a preceding indefinite article, unless reflecting an actual spoken variant with attraction of the indefinite article; subsequently shortened by Holinshed, and altered again in a later edition of Holinshed's text, perhaps as a result of misreading of the form abacoc forms (although this is apparently first attested later). Subsequently popularized by dictionaries ultimately informed by editions of Holinshed.