\ ˈhat \

Definition of hat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a covering for the head usually having a shaped crown and brim
2a : a distinctive head covering worn as a symbol of office
b : an office, position, or role assumed by or as if by the wearing of a special hat wore many hats in her career
under one's hat
: not disclosed kept the news under his hat


hatted; hatting

Definition of hat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to furnish or provide with a hat

intransitive verb

: to make or supply hats

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Other Words from hat


hatless \ ˈhat-​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms for hat

Synonyms: Noun

cap, chapeau, headdress, headgear, headpiece, lid [slang]

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Examples of hat in a Sentence


in those days, no properly dressed person left home without a hat

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For the occasion, Queen Elizabeth wore an eye-catching purple coat with a matching hat. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Attends Church in Sandringham Wearing a Bright Purple Ensemble," 13 Jan. 2019 Even then, there comes the matter of trusting the regulator, but that seems preferable to burning down the last 20 years of tech and starting over with a tinfoil hat. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Tech Companies Shouldn't Make Us Trust Them, At All," 11 Jan. 2019 Gigi Hadid attended Taylor Swift’s costume party in a sassy Mary Poppins get-up with a hat adorned with cherries and an umbrella with a bird handle. Vogue, "The Best New Year’s Eve Looks: Gigi Hadid As Mary Poppins, Kylie Jenner’s Halter Dress," 1 Jan. 2019 At the 2017 celebration, Kate paired the lighter pink version of the dress with a matching hat by Jane Taylor. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Has Worn Her Alexander McQueen Gown From Eugenie's Wedding Before," 13 Oct. 2018 Imagine like Gettysburg address being on one of those like an Instagram live with a funny hat and cat face and squeaky [bleep] voice or whatever ... Fox News, "Gutfeld: The left is turning on the left," 15 Sep. 2018 Shadows die at least twice Lady with the big hat? Might kill me. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Katamari Damacy finally rolls onto PCs, Tencent's snowboarding battle royale," 14 Sep. 2018 The dress, which Cosmopolitan reports was a Club Monaco design, was paired with a Philip Treacy hat and Markle wore her hair in shiny, bouncy waves. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Meghan Markle’s Bra Showed Through Her Dress and Everyone Freaked Out, For Some Reason," 5 Aug. 2018 One day in late May 2016, Roger Stone — the political dark sorcerer and longtime confidant of Donald Trump — slipped into his Jaguar and headed out to meet a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a viscous Russian accent. Manuel Roig-franzia And Rosalind S. Helderman, chicagotribune.com, "Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of hat


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for hat


Middle English, from Old English hæt; akin to Old High German huot head covering — more at hood

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The first known use of hat was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hat

: a covering for the head that often has a brim and a rounded or flat top


\ ˈhat \

Kids Definition of hat

: a covering for the head having a crown and usually a brim

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to gather or build up little by little

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