hard hat

\ usually -ˈhat for sense 1 and, -ˌhat for senses 1b and 2 How to pronounce hard hat (audio) \

Definition of hard hat

1a : a protective hat made of rigid material (such as metal or fiberglass) and worn especially by construction workers
b : a construction worker
2 : a conservative who is intolerant of opposing views

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A half-dozen figures in one-piece work suits and hard hats appear on deck, working the ropes. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 Some still have a hard time accepting women in hard hats. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Yes They Can! Program Boosts Number of Women Construction Workers," 12 Feb. 2019 Rescuers in hard hats who responded to the emergency that that day appeared with their gear. Peter Orsi, Fox News, "Mexico commemorates victims of deadly quakes," 19 Sep. 2018 On a recent weekday, a parade of construction workers in hard hats and reflective vests shuffled into a century-old brick mill building on the banks of the Nashua River, carrying tools and clipboards. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "The hidden, high-tech world of communications at Fenway Park," 10 July 2018 What to Do Explore Harrison's Cave Located dead center on the island, this limestone cave features deep pools, stunning waterfalls, and a tram so visitors can don a hard hat and roll along on a one-tour tour. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 The attacker or attackers left behind sunglasses, a wig, and a construction hard hat. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Cold case killing of Virginia State Trooper prompts new plea from officer's daughter, reward from FBI," 27 Sep. 2018 Players practically need to don a hard hat to get to the locker room, with a massive renovation of the football section of the building going on. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 5 takeaways from Colts GM Chris Ballard's presser," 20 Apr. 2018 Applying artificial intelligence to the field won’t bring robots in hard hats, at least not anytime soon. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can artificial intelligence change construction?," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of hard hat

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of hard hat

: a hat that is worn by workers at a building site to protect their heads from falling objects

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