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hat

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noun \ˈhat\

Simple Definition of hat

  • : a covering for the head that often has a brim and a rounded or flat top

Full Definition of hat

  1. 1 :  a covering for the head usually having a shaped crown and brim

  2. 2 a :  a distinctive head covering worn as a symbol of office b :  an office, position, or role assumed by or as if by the wearing of a special hat <wore many hats in her career>

hat·less play \-ləs\ adjective
under one's hat
  1. :  not disclosed <kept the news under his hat>

Examples of hat

  1. <in those days, no properly dressed person left home without a hat>



Origin of hat

Middle English, from Old English hæt; akin to Old High German huot head covering — more at hood


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

hat

verb

Definition of hat

hat·tedhat·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to furnish or provide with a hat

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to make or supply hats



15th Century

First Known Use of hat

15th century




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