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 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, "How a picture in a newspaper unlocked childhood mysteries for two Holocaust survivors," 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, "This Student’s Upcycled Designs Go Viral on TikTok," 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, "Heading Out? Don’t Forget These Stylish, Winter-Ready Accessories," 16 Dec. 2020 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

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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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The first known use of chapeau was in 1523

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19 Mar 2021

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“Chapeau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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