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

Examples of hard hat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At any given time, there are about 225 workers on the job site — the whereabouts of all of them tracked with an app that gets data from a chip attached to the back of their hard hats. Tim Reynolds, sun-sentinel.com, "Beckham’s Fort Lauderdale stadium complex for Inter Miami taking shape," 22 Oct. 2019 Water droplets slipping from ore-bearing rock above plunked on my hard hat. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "I spent a night with ghost hunters in a Colorado gold mine and lived to tell this tale," 11 Oct. 2019 The chemistry manager at Turkey Point, Kevin O’Hare, sporting protective goggles and a hard hat, led a small tour group through the facility’s labyrinthine inner passageways, and up a set of metal stairs onto a landing. Mario Alejandro Ariza, The New Republic, "Calm Before the Storm," 30 Sep. 2019 Among the audience were construction workers sporting matching union t-shirts and hard hats, and a mother with her infant in a baby carrier. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista school board okays union-friendly contract for bond projects," 14 Sep. 2019 The business will provide hard hats, face shields, coveralls, gloves and goggles, as well as the cleanup. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "'A fun thing to help blow off steam': Baltimore's own 'rage room' expected to open in Hampden this summer," 18 June 2019 Bullard’s first hard hat was called the Hard Boiled hat. Murray Carpenter, New York Times, "The Evolution of the Hard Hat," 1 Oct. 2019 And while the construction is a distraction, the school staff members are crafting the temporary walls and hard hat signs into new opportunities for their students. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Simsbury middle school turns ongoing construction into teachable moments," 18 Sep. 2019 Among those attacked were protesters clad in their trademark black clothing and yellow hard hats. NBC News, "Police launch tear gas, masked assailants attack protesters as Hong Kong march turns violent," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of hard hat

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

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“Hard hat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20hat. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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