cha·​peau | \ sha-ˈpō How to pronounce chapeau (audio) , shə- \
plural chapeaus\ sha-​ˈpōz How to pronounce chapeaus (audio) , shə-​ \ or chapeaux\ sha-​ˈpō(z) How to pronounce chapeaux (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 For an ultra-elegant look, swap the classic veil for a regal chapeau. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "And the Bride Wore...," 17 Feb. 2020 Think unfussy summer dresses—and don’t discount the power of a good chapeau, either. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Selena Gomez Elevates the Art of Vacation Style," 23 July 2019 Jimbo Hart Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Tasteful bassist and chapeau connoisseur with the contemporary, Southern version of vintage, un-Southern, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Matt Wake |, al, "The 25 ‘most Southern rock’ musician names in Southern rock," 4 Sep. 2019 Suddenly, the Instagram du jour was a cartoonishly large sun chapeau (bless you, Jacquemus!). Isabella Lalonde, Vogue, "The Best Hats for Fall Come in Prints, Patterns, and Extreme Proportions," 17 Oct. 2018 The bucket hat has dethroned the fedora as the chapeau du jour. Max Berlinger, The Seattle Times, "Move over fedora, the bucket hat is back," 16 Aug. 2018 And earlier today, Jacquemus brought the grand chapeau to the black sands of Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands, in an Instagram post that got fans dreaming of the beach. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Jacquemus Proves it's Never Too Cold to Wear (Or Dream About) A Straw Hat," 31 Jan. 2018 From Queen Elizabeth’s lime green and purple concoction to Princess Beatrice’s surprisingly subdued chapeau, here are some of the best (and most bizarre) hats from the royal wedding. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Best Hats From the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 From Oprah Winfrey’s whimsical fascinator to the Queen’s elegant chapeau, there was no shortage of statement-making toppers from attendees who came to watch Meghan and Prince Harry tie the knot at St. George’s Chapel on Saturday, May 19. Cady Lang, Time, "The Craziest, Most British Hats Guests Wore to the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018

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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 27 May. 2020.

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