deer·​stalk·​er ˈdir-ˌstȯ-kər How to pronounce deerstalker (audio)
: a close-fitting hat with a visor at the front and the back and with earflaps that may be worn up or down

called also deerstalker cap, deerstalker hat

Illustration of deerstalker

Illustration of deerstalker

Examples of deerstalker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Has the deerstalker fallen out of fashion? New York Times, 6 July 2022 Robinet first came to Knoydart in 1997 as a deerstalker. Oliver Smith, Outside Online, 15 Jan. 2020 So sit back, enjoy the performances, put on your best Sherlock Holmesian deerstalkers, and attempt to guess the celebrities behind the masks of this week’s contestants. Ew Staff,, 2 Oct. 2019 The Wolf and Bear Pub (with a deerstalker-wearing grizzly) soon followed. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, 20 Apr. 2018 The job is more Sherlock Holmes than Scooby Doo—and Alperovitch has everything but the deerstalker cap. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 23 Aug. 2017 So why not throw on a deerstalker hat, light up a handy meerschaum pipe, and do our best impression of the great detective himself in order to get to the bottom of this case? Joanna Robinson,, 5 Jan. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deerstalker was in 1870

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Cite this Entry

“Deerstalker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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