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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The Duchess of Sussex, however, opted for a navy Givenchy dress and matching fascinator. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Goes Bold in Fuchsia Alexander McQueen at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 As is customary for these kinds of events, Markle also wore a fascinator by Noel Stewart. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Returns to Windsor Castle for Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding—and She Wore Givenchy," 12 Oct. 2018 Wearing a blush Versace shift dress and matching whimsical fascinator, the tennis champion's hair was woven into cornrows at the crown with a ponytail of thigh-grazing plaits, worn over the shoulder to stunning effect. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Serena Williams Turns the Hip-Grazing Ponytail Into a Royal Wedding Guest Win," 19 May 2018 Cherri Gregg, a community affairs reporter for KYW Newsradio, wore a turquoise English-style fascinator. Jenice Armstrong, Philly.com, "We partied like it was our own royal wedding, which in a way, it was | Jenice Armstrong," 19 May 2018 Both women also topped off their looks with feathered fascinators (aka small ornamental headpieces) that complemented their gowns. refinery29.com, "Two Of Prince Harry’s Exes Were At His Wedding — & They Looked Fantastic," 19 May 2018 The 36-year-old actress completed the elegant ensemble with nude heels and a black clutch, also from the storied French fashion house, as well as a sheer black fascinator by Stephen Jones and a low bun. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Meghan Markle sports Dior dress reminiscent of wedding gown at Royal Air Force event," 10 July 2018 Meghan looked stunning in a white Givenchy collared dress and Philip Treacy fascinator. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "See Photos of Meghan and Harry at the Royal Ascot Races with the Royal Family," 19 June 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge accessorized with a floral Philip Treacy fascinator and Jimmy Choo pumps, but one accessory seemed to go unnoticed until now: a massive new ring on her right hand. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wore a New Ring at the Royal Wedding—Was It a Push Present from Prince William?," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of fascinator

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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