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 His steel-toe boots go into the trunk, as do his mask, face shield and hard hat. Joe Drape, New York Times, "How Sports-Starved Bettors Made a Nebraska Horse Track Must-See TV," 12 May 2020 The men wear overalls and hard hats with headlamps. Beth Macy, The Atlantic, "A New Approach to Fighting the Opioid Crisis," 9 Apr. 2020 Wearing a hard hat and rubber boots and clutching a roll of blueprints showing the garden plans, Ms. Ciampini walked along a muddy path lined with overgrown bushes to a clearing. Kathleen Beckett, New York Times, "Marie Antoinette Would Be Proud," 6 Apr. 2020 Donning a white hard hat, Trump fashionably overlooked blueprints with contractors at the construction site in a black turtleneck dress that featured flared sleeves. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump wears hard hat to check on new White House tennis court; Twitter not happy," 6 Mar. 2020 Workers in hard hats and reflective vests arrived in pickup trucks. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Why SpaceX Wants a Tiny Texas Neighborhood So Badly," 31 Mar. 2020 AJ Mast/General Motors While much of the U.S. economy has ground to a halt because of the coronavirus outbreak, several dozen workers in orange vests and hard hats were hauling heavy equipment on Sunday at a General Motors plant in Kokomo, Ind. New York Times, "Inside G.M.’s Race to Build Ventilators, Before Trump’s Attack," 30 Mar. 2020 While much of the US’s economy has ground to a halt because of the coronavirus outbreak, several dozen workers in orange vests and hard hats were hauling heavy equipment Sunday at a General Motors plant in Kokomo, Indiana. Andrew Jacobs, BostonGlobe.com, "Inside GM’s race to build ventilators," 30 Mar. 2020 There, in the center of the grove, a bulldozer and four workers, also in hard hats and boots, were planting tulip trees. Kathleen Beckett, New York Times, "Marie Antoinette Would Be Proud," 6 Apr. 2020

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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 2 Jun. 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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