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

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Kate wore a smart grey coat by Catherine Walker, and black fascinator hat for the special and rare occasion. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's First Solo Royal Engagement with the Queen, Compared to their 2012 Appearance," 19 Mar. 2019 Photos from the event reflect a day of jubilant crowds, trendy fascinators, and smiles all around. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Charles and Camilla’s Wedding Involved Way More Drama Than Most People Realize," 18 July 2018 Meghan was spotted at the fancy wedding in Lincolnshire wearing a $5,490 loose-fitting floral wrap dress by Oscar De La Renta and a white fascinator — both of which she had never been seen in public wearing before. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Re-wears Her Wedding Shoes to Someone Else’s Wedding," 18 June 2018 Another girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, was also in attendance at St. George’s Chapel, wearing a pink and green dress and a pink feather fascinator for the occasion. Cady Lang, Time, "Two of Prince Harry's Ex-Girlfriends Are at the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Pop on a fascinator (the uglier, the better!) and channel your best Princess Beatrice for the day. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "EW presents: Your 24-hour royal wedding itinerary," 17 May 2018 This, of course, means women will be sporting fascinators, which is a decorative headpiece fastened to the head with pins or on a headband. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "WATCH: 9 Words You Need to Know Before the Royal Wedding," 9 May 2018 Olympics figure skater turned NBC correspondent Tara Lipinski wore a navy and white lace dress and a tiny navy fascinator, which off set her co-host's Triple Crown headpiece. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Celebs and fashion flood Churchill Downs despite record rain at Kentucky Derby," 5 May 2018 The elaborate Philip Treacy fascinator drew all sorts of comparisons from everything to an octopus to a pretzel. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Beatrice Bucks Royal Tradition at Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of fascinator

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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