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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Meghan paired the light, airy dress with a white, $49 fascinator from Marks & Spencer. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Comparing Meghan Markle's Two Very Different Summer Wedding Looks," 5 Aug. 2018 From Oprah Winfrey’s whimsical fascinator to the Queen’s elegant chapeau, there was no shortage of statement-making toppers from attendees who came to watch Meghan and Prince Harry tie the knot at St. George’s Chapel on Saturday, May 19. Cady Lang, Time, "The Craziest, Most British Hats Guests Wore to the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Harry is, after all, marrying a glamorous woman who can walk in stilettos over cobblestones and pull off a jaunty fascinator at the same time. Mary Mcnamara, latimes.com, "When Harry Met Meghan: The royal wedding is the perfect Hollywood ending for a very Hollywood story," 11 May 2018 And finally, the back... Cardi accessorized with a fascinator made from the same floral-print material as her gown. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Cardi B's 2018 AMAs Gown Needs to Be Admired From Every Angle," 9 Oct. 2018 At a reception marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force at Buckingham Palace, Markle wore her hair in a low center bun with a Stephen Jones fascinator. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Happy Birthday, Duchess: See Meghan Markle’s Hair Evolution Through the Years," 4 Aug. 2018 Though Beatrice and Eugenie have in the past been known for their OTT fascinators, Beatrice kept things low-key with a bright blue headband that matched her suit. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding Recap," 12 Oct. 2018 There’s a reason the York sisters have repeatedly used their fascinators to make fashion statements: Tiaras are reserved for married royals. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "There’s another royal wedding coming up: Princess Eugenie’s," 5 Oct. 2018 Although her monochromatic navy look is incredibly similar, the designer put a few modern updates on her royal wedding look today—opting for red pumps instead of sky-high navy platforms and a sleek veil and hat instead of an eccentric fascinator. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria Beckham Basically Rewore Her Look From Kate and William's Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of fascinator

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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