fas·​ci·​na·​tor | \ ˈfa-sə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce fascinator (audio) \

Definition of fascinator

1 : one that fascinates
2 : a woman's lightweight head scarf usually of crochet or lace

Examples of fascinator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The singer, 28, wore a flowing floral Marc Jacobs gown and matching custom lavender fascinator from CAM Hats, per her stylist Amanda Lim. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Shailene Woodley, Aaron Rodgers, Anna Nicole Smith's daughter and more stars at the Kentucky Derby," 2 May 2021 For the service, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wore a Roland Mouret coat dress with bow detailing on the front and an asymmetric hem and a Philip Treacy fascinator. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Kate Middleton’s Jewelry At Prince Philip’s Funeral Honored The Queen & Princess Diana," 19 Apr. 2021 Kate Middleton arrived at Windsor Castle wearing Queen Elizabeth's Bahrain pearl drop earrings, a pearl necklace, and a veiled fascinator. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Prince Harry and Prince William Make First Joint Appearance Since Oprah Interview," 17 Apr. 2021 This coral fascinator with feathers and netting, $40, is a perfect pick for a long day in the infield or in a reserved seat at the First turn or elsewhere at the track. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "These are the 12 best Kentucky Derby hats we saw at the Big Brims & Fancy Trims sale," 9 Apr. 2021 Utica wears a clown-like patchwork suit and a gigantic strawberry fascinator. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Pair of Queens," 1 Jan. 2021 Kravitz, presumably in costume as Catwoman's alter ego, Selina Kyle, wore head-to-toe black patent leather: a glossy belted trench coat, lace-up knee-high boots, and a dramatic fascinator. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Zoë Kravitz Wears Head-to-Toe Patent Leather as Catwoman on 'The Batman' Set," 13 Oct. 2020 Photographed in Liverpool, England, the actress dressed aptly for the part in a belted leather coat, matching fascinator, fishnet tights, and lace-up knee-high boots. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zoë Kravitz Wraps Up in Leather as Selina Kyle, A.K.A. Catwoman, in a New Batman Photo," 12 Oct. 2020 Putting on a fascinator and pouring an Oaks Lily this year feels like piling presents under a Christmas tree and baking cookies the first year after a significant death in the family. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Not in the mood for the Kentucky Derby? You're not alone. This year is weird and hard," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of fascinator

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 May 2021

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“Fascinator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascinator. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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