fas·ci·na·tor | \ ˈfa-sə-ˌnā-tər \

Definition of fascinator 

1 : one that fascinates

2 : a woman's lightweight head scarf usually of crochet or lace

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Markle wore the ensemble with nude heels and a matching black fascinator for programming to honor the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. Cady Lang, Time, "Meghan Markle Changed Her Outfit Five Times In 24 Hours," 11 July 2018 They were also paired with a round hat or fascinator to top off the looks. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Channeled the Outfit Kate Wore To Her Wedding," 9 July 2018 Men are asked to wear a jacket and long pants, and women wear a small hat or fascinator. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "An Etiquette Guide to Royal Ascot, Queen Elizabeth’s Favorite Event," 18 June 2018 All guests must adhere to a strict dress code: Gentleman are expect to wear morning dress or lounge suits, while women don day dresses, typically accessorized with hats or fascinators. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Can You Spot Prince William in a Top Hat at Today's Buckingham Palace Garden Party?," 31 May 2018 Meghan accessorized her fitted black Dior dress, which has a neckline reminiscent of her Givenchy wedding dress, with a black fascinator by Stephen Jones, and a simple black clutch and pale heels, both also by Dior. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Custom Dior to the RAF 100th Anniversary Celebrations," 10 July 2018 Mulroney accessorized the look with a navy blue fascinator, nude Christian Louboutin pumps (left), and a pair of sapphire drop earrings by Birks, a Canadian jewelry designer. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Best Friend Jessica Mulroney Looks Absolutely Stunning at the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Meghan accessorized the look with a $49 fascinator from Marks & Spencer, the customary hat at royal weddings. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Attended Another Royal Wedding, This Time in Oscar de la Renta," 17 June 2018 The bride’s mother, Doria Ragland, wore a mint green Oscar de la Renta dress and coat with a coordinating fascinator reminiscent of Jackie Kennedy’s simple 1960s style. Marianne Rohrlich, New York Times, "How the Royal Wedding Might Influence Weddings to Come," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of fascinator

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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