cha·peau | \sha-ˈpō, shə-\
plural chapeaus\-ˈpōz \ or chapeaux\-ˈpō(z) \

Definition of chapeau 

: hat

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Synonyms for chapeau


cap, hat, headdress, headgear, headpiece, lid [slang]

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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

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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 The 34-year-old paired the outfit with a straw purse, canvas espadrilles and a white hat that matched the chapeau worn by her husband, James Matthews. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Pippa Middleton looks chic in red (while not confirming pregnancy) at French Open," 28 May 2018 Behind the curtain of Swarovski crystals dangling from her dramatic wide-brimmed chapeau, her mouth is saturated in a nefarious green onyx shade with a matching cut-crease gaze. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Cardi B Goes Platinum Blonde—then Pink—In her New Kill Bill-Inspired Music Video," 21 May 2018 For one New Orleanian Tyler's chapeau appropriation was a advertising dream come true. Doug Maccash,, "Nutty Steven Tyler borrows a custom-made New Orleans hat at Jazz Fest 2018," 16 May 2018 With her the-bigger-the-better hair, either let down or tied back and topped off with an ornamental chapeau, iridescent eyes, and glossy lips, Ross perpetually brought drama to the stage, helping usher in the disco era. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, Diana Ross! The Pop Icon's 18 Best Beauty Looks of All Time," 26 Mar. 2018 The Gallic chapeau was a statement in and of itself, but also showcased her dramatic cut-crease gaze, with kittenish flicks of black eyeliner and lids swathed in pastel blue pigment. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Rock Star Wife's Bridal Beauty Set the Bar for a City Hall Ceremony," 21 Jan. 2018 The Look: Jagger's hair falls naturally, with a hint of brush curl at the ends, underneath her Yves Saint Laurent chapeau. Vogue, "The Best Wedding Hair Styles of All Time, From Brigitte Bardot to Diana Ross," 6 Feb. 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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