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

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 Badu is no stranger to a statement chapeau, of course. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 27 Sep. 2023 Meanwhile, his big, pink fur trapper hat by Imi Studios that felt like a nod to both the king of the funky chapeau, Andre 3000, as well as the Harlem legend synonymous with a pink mink, Cam'ron. Emily Kirkpatrick, Peoplemag, 25 Aug. 2023 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, 26 Mar. 2021 Princess Charlene later uploaded a sweet photo of her twins on Instagram, which showed Gabriella dressed in a deep red ten-button double-breasted redingote with an angled black chapeau, and Jacques in uniform wearing a carabiner's cap and suit. Peter Mikelbank, Peoplemag, 19 Nov. 2022 If your chapeau collection doesn’t include at least one wide-brimmed straw hat, now would be the time to correct it. Kathleen Walsh, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2022 Sporting a fashionable, wide-brimmed chapeau and Hollywood-style makeup. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 With its swooping brim, Flo’s chapeau also recalled another memorable piece of headgear: the white asymmetrical hat Celine Dion wore to the Oscars back in 1999. Kerry McDermott, Vogue, 8 Feb. 2023 El Beh wears a skirt appliquéd with Medusa’s head and a chapeau of red-cap mushrooms; Trebien Pollard’s satyr-priest wears huge orange horns and an undulating Dionysian frieze. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle French, from Old French chapel — more at chaplet

First Known Use

1523, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chapeau was in 1523

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“Chapeau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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