hard hat

noun
\ 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 This version features their signature pliers, a hard hat and noise-cancelling headphones. New York Times, "‘It Melts. So We Make It Again.’ How Killington Makes Its Snow," 21 Feb. 2020 Dressed in black and donning the newly-available yellow-hard hats and gas masks, players dressed as Hong Kong protesters took to the streets of Los Santos. Hart Fowler, Washington Post, "Artists have used Grand Theft Auto V as a canvas for years. Now, protesters are doing the same.," 11 Feb. 2020 Lo-Lo Jr's On a chilly Wednesday afternoon, a worker donning a hard hat and orange vest walks into the new spot. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Say hello to Lo-Lo Jr's, the newest restaurant in the White family fried chicken empire," 7 Feb. 2020 Even in normal times, visitors wear hard hats and gas masks when viewing the volcano, which is largely submerged. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "2 bodies still missing from volcano eruption off New Zealand that killed 16 people," 13 Dec. 2019 Even in Abbeville, on a recent morning, workers in fluorescent orange vests and hard hats were breaking ground on yet another rotary, as cars were backed up by the construction. BostonGlobe.com, "Even in Abbeville, on a recent morning, workers in fluorescent orange vests and hard hats were breaking ground on yet another rotary, as cars were backed up by the construction.," 26 Dec. 2019 Thursday, a group of about 20 people donned hard hats and bright yellow fluorescent vests to talk the area under construction along the creek from Houston Street to Nueva Street. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Officials, residents tour San Pedro Creek project in downtown San Antonio," 12 Dec. 2019 He was surrounded by workers in hard hats and stood before a large crowd of Republican lawmakers and other guests. WSJ, "USMCA: The Deal’s Been Signed, but the Debate Continues," 29 Jan. 2020 In Brooklyn recently, Mr. Gutierrez and Mr. Hughes arrived in hard hats at the unfinished condominium building, Arbor Eighteen, as the workers were still getting their morning coffee. New York Times, "11,484 Violations: Surprise Inspections Hit N.Y. Construction Sites," 22 Nov. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20hat. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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hard hat

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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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