cocked hat


: a hat with brim turned up to give a 3-cornered appearance
: a hat with brim turned up on two sides and worn either front to back or sideways

Examples of cocked hat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the most popular traditional costumes was the bauta, which consisted of a full mask, a cape that covered the head and shoulders, and a tricorn or cocked hat. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 Heather Wilson, a nurse anesthetist, wore huge fake eyelashes and an absurd cocked hat. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 15 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cocked hat was in 1673

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“Cocked hat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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