cha·​peau | \ sha-ˈpō How to pronounce chapeau (audio) , shə- \
plural chapeaus\ sha-​ˈpōz How to pronounce chapeau (audio) , shə-​ \ or chapeaux\ sha-​ˈpō(z) How to pronounce chapeau (audio) , shə-​ \

Definition of chapeau

: hat sense 1 Vaughn has even brought in a French chapeau to participate in Funny Hat Day …— Jack McCallum Her most offbeat chapeau is a bouquet of silk roses turned upside down.Elle … the fine-looking, bearded officer, who had so courteously doffed his chapeau to our Captain …— Herman Melville The chapeau has, after years of promising to do so, actually slid back into fashion's vernacular …Elle

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Examples of chapeau in a Sentence

with her chapeau cocked jauntily to one side, the French actress was the very picture of Gallic insouciance
Recent Examples on the Web Moreno, who won her Oscar for playing Anita sixty years ago, wore a flouncy black Carolina Herrera gown and an Adrienne Landau chapeau made out of feathers. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 In France, the term chapeau, french for hat, means bravo. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 22 May 2021 Some even talked to her, asking her about her craft-store chapeau. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 19 May 2021 Big peepers, tiny chapeau, answers to his official name Question Hound. Washington Post, 18 May 2021 Van den Berg got hold of a photo of her as a young woman in her white nanny’s uniform, with a crescent chapeau clipped to her blonde hair and a gold broach at her collar. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021 The fitted dress, made out of the store’s iconic blue-and-yellow bags, was complete with a dramatic chapeau to match. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 17 Jan. 2021 To wit, try keeping your head warm in a fine faux fur chapeau from Emma Brewin or a trapper style from Cordova. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 16 Dec. 2020 For an ultra-elegant look, swap the classic veil for a regal chapeau. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, 17 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of chapeau

1523, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chapeau

Middle French, from Old French chapel — more at chaplet

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“Chapeau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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