\ ˈhat How to pronounce hat (audio) \

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

Other Words from hat


hatless \ ˈhat-​ləs How to pronounce hat (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for hat

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of hat in a Sentence

Noun in those days, no properly dressed person left home without a hat
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As well as using makeup to give himself the appearance of hair, Brown also built a sizable hat collection. Oscar Holland, CNN, 17 May 2022 On this game day, Barrow wears khaki shorts, a gray T-shirt, and most importantly, a brown throwback Roger Bacon hat. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 17 May 2022 But there’s also something to be said for tipping hat to what made people care about you in the first place. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 16 May 2022 Resembling a peacock feather, the piece can pull triple duty as a lapel pin, a hair jewel or a hat accessory, according to Garrard. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 Oh, and don’t forget your summer sandals and sun hat! Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 13 May 2022 As the judges tried holding their hair and garments in place as the wind picks up, judge Tom Colicchio's silly beach hat eventually blows off in a comedic moment. Emma Balter, Chron, 12 May 2022 Later, Clark criticized my performance during his tactile hat tour. Andrew Leland, The New Yorker, 12 May 2022 Any '80s cartoon fans will be delighted at the site of the badge-wielding arms protruding from Gadget's hat in this costume. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Hat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hat. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of hat

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

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