hard hat

noun

 usually  for sense 1 and -ˈhat,
for senses 1b and 2
-ˌhat How to pronounce hard hat (audio)
1
a
: 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 In the 30-second ad, which was shown during a recent Golden State Warriors basketball game and has 1.4 million views on YouTube, CEO Patti Poppe shakes hands with workers while sporting a hard hat. Ari Plachta, Sacramento Bee, 12 Apr. 2024 One of them, Hank Silver, wearing a yellow hard hat, stood on a platform above the Seine River and attached cables to oak trusses shaped like massive wooden triangles. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2024 There are seals ensnared in gill nets, plastic bags, ropes, a metal kitchen strainer, bands of cling wrap, packaging straps, thick shark fishing wire, steel cables, bungee cords, plastic straps from hard hats, and miles of fishing line around their necks, jaws, snouts and mouths. Cara Buckley, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2024 He’s dressed in black leather loafers, blue slacks, a neon construction vest, safety goggles and a hard hat. John Hyatt, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Workers in highlighter-yellow vests and hard hats milled around, some looking amused, others frustrated. Katie Myers, WIRED, 20 Jan. 2024 Outfitted in hard hats and slickers, visitors ride 1,500 feet deep into the tunnels for an up-close look at mining techniques, conditions and dangers. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 11 Jan. 2024 But when hard hats attacked antiwar protesters on Nixon’s behalf in 1970, the idea that Randolph’s plan for a rising minimum wage might save the day for solidarity seemed quaint. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 The workers called the FRA emergency dispatch using a number affixed to their hard hats. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of hard hat was in the 15th century

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“Hard hat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20hat. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hard hat

noun
1
: a protective helmet worn especially by construction workers
2
: a construction worker

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