\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

On Sunday, Kourtney, 39, decorated an outside table with balloons, happy birthday streamers and plenty of festive hats in honor of her daughter’s birthday. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian West Wishes Niece Penelope a Happy Birthday with Hilarious Side-Eye Photo," 9 July 2018 Tim Robinson – Republican Tim Robinson has worn a lot of hats. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Meet the candidates for state delegate in the District 42B primary," 19 June 2018 Odd novelty hats aren't what the Royal Ascot event planners hope to see their guests modeling. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Insanely Strict Rules Royals Must Follow During the Royal Ascot," 19 June 2018 Because checks if marketing hat is still on always be optimizing, right? Rachel Karten, Bon Appetit, "In the Wilting Summer Heat, Make These Wilted Greens in Tomato-Bacon Broth," 18 June 2018 Unfortunately, such societies cannot simply be conjured out of a hat. The Economist, "Does inequality cause suicide, drug abuse and mental illness?," 14 June 2018 Both had similarities, so that was kind of a nice tipping of the hat. Anna Silman, The Cut, "The World’s Best Pickpocket Reviews The Ocean’s 8 Heist," 13 June 2018 Need a ride at the drop of a hat or a late-night bite? Allison Kite, kansascity, "'Uber for lawn care' launches in Kansas City, connects homeowners and landscapers," 4 June 2018 Kate Middleton is a wearer of many hats — in the fashion statement sense and figuratively. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This Is What Kate Middleton Cherishes the Most About Being a Mum," 24 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of hat

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


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Kids Definition of hat

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

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a state of commotion or excitement

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