mortarboard :

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  • n  a square board with a handle underneath; used by masons to hold or carry mortar
  • n  an academic cap with a flat square with a tassel on top

  • Gathering up his notes and books, he tucked his hornrimmed spectacles into the pocket of his tweed jacket and picked up his mortarboard.
  • Barack Obama has filled his White House with all sorts of academic prodigies and propeller-heads, a crew more comfortable with the mortarboard than the flag pin.
  • A four-cornered soft tarn with a gold tassel replaces the stiff mortarboard.
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