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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Mortar-board.
 
A college cap. A corruption of the French mortier, the cap worn by the ancient kings of France, and still used officially by the chief justice or president of the court of justice. As a college cap has a square board on the top, the mortier-board was soon transformed into mortar-board.   1
 


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