French calotte, diminutive of calot, from écale (“husk, shell (of a nut)”) (due to similar shape and closely fitting the head), from Old French escale, from Old High German scāla (cognate to English scale).
- Rhymes: -ɒt
calotte (plural calottes)
- a skullcap worn by Roman Catholic priests
- (archaic) The vertical central area of the crown of a bird's head.
- (architecture) A round cavity or depression, in the form of a cup or cap, lathed and plastered; used to diminish the rise or elevation of a moderate chapel, alcove, etc. which would otherwise be too high for other pieces of the apartment.
- (anatomy) The upper (superior) or lower (inferior) half of the globe of the eye.
- (skullcap): zucchetto
calotte f (plural calottes)
- "calotte" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).