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 Ditto with towing, moving grandfather clocks, and sitting on the tailgate and drinking a thermos of coffee while wearing a hard hat. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 27 May 2022 The business logo is a Beaver wearing a hard hat pushing a lawn mower. oregonlive, 24 May 2022 The man lumbered into the Kings Highway subway station in Brooklyn, wearing a yellow hard hat and reflective safety jacket, dragging a rolling duffel bag and clutching a backpack. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 Conor Daly’s ready to throw on some work boots, hard hat, safety glasses and get to work. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Dec. 2021 While the truss was still flat on the ground, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., walked onto the work site, donned a hard hat and said a Hail Mary, invoking the saint for whom the French cathedral had been named. Douglas Starr, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 The cameraman captured footage of Mr. McKenzie in a hard hat, nodding sagely while Mr. Harris explained the intricacies of the liquid-immersion cooling system that keeps the mining machines from getting too hot. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 In construction, a new breed of 3-D digital twin technology, which can be updated regularly with video from an off-the-shelf 360-degree camera mounted on an engineer’s hard hat, enables insight into what a project site looks like at any moment. Simon Bae, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Dean, in a brown hard hat, blue jeans and yellow jacket, looked on. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20hat. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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