fas·​ci·​na·​tor ˈfa-sə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce fascinator (audio)
: one that fascinates
: a woman's lightweight head scarf usually of crochet or lace

Examples of fascinator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Gone Girl star, 44, became an immediate style standout at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday in a lacy, all-black ensemble complete with an intricate fascinator worn over a sleek bun. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 The actress paired the bold fascinator with a stunning — and equally lacy — strapless black gown complete with floral details and a mesh neckline and stayed true to the color down to her pumps and pedicure. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 In its gift shop, Rose Tree Cottage stocks a variety of elaborate hats and fascinators in pink, yellow, green and blue, along with jackets from the British clothier Barbour. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 The then-Duchess of Cambridge nailed holiday chic in her 2013 Christmas look, a blue and green plaid jacket and coordinating fascinator. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2023 From Sophie Okonedo’s Vivienne Westwood gown decorated with Elizabethan illustrations, to Maisie Williams’ fascinator, many dressed for the occasion with royalty on their mind (no surprises there, given the runway show honored all things anglo). Vogue, 14 Sep. 2023 Mary selected a Raquel Diniz dress and a floral fascinator for the occasion. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 18 Aug. 2023 Meanwhile the crowds, women in fascinators and men in pastels, could have been mistaken for those at the Kentucky Derby or Royal Ascot. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 23 Aug. 2023 Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 2012: Emily McCorquodale and James Hutt Kate attends the wedding of Emily McCorquodale (Princess Diana's niece) and James Hutt in Grantham, England, pairing a Jenny Packham dress with one of her signature coats and a fascinator. Haley Adams Raymond, Town & Country, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fascinator was in 1677

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“Fascinator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascinator. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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