\ 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

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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 Dressed in a stunning red lace dress and wide brim hat, Franke said she was thrilled to have a good reason to dress up and wear something other than yoga pants. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Miss Kentucky and more show up at Kentucky Derby 2021," 1 May 2021 In one photo, Woodley stands in front of Rodgers, who was dressed in a dark suit and a matching hat. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers Enjoy Kentucky Derby with Miles Teller and Their Friends," 1 May 2021 Felix Silla, the actor who donned the full-body hair suit and bowler hat as Cousin Itt on the original The Addams Family television series, has died at the age of 84. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, "Felix Silla, Cousin Itt on ‘Addams Family,’ Dead at 84," 17 Apr. 2021 Detectives in a search of Moore's apartment found a blue denim dress and bucket hat, police said, but no firearms or ammunition were were recovered. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "Skateland shooting that injured 5-year-old began after argument among adults, docs show," 15 Apr. 2021 Players assume the role of No Man, a tall thin man who sports the standard garb of a noir hero: a trench coat and a hat. Washington Post, "’Genesis Noir’: A stunning game about love, murder, joy and the Big Bang," 12 Apr. 2021 Wearing spectacles, black gloves, a thick winter coat and a black cossack hat, Holdgreve climbed aboard a twin-engine Aero Commander piloted by Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Aviation Council Chairman Thomas O. Matheus. Leo Deluca, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Ida Holdgreve’s Stitches Helped the Wright Brothers Get Off the Ground," 16 Mar. 2021 Her jacket and pants matched her fingerless gloves, mask, and bucket hat, but that isn’t all. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Billie Eilish Matched Her Mask — & Bucket Hat — To Her Grammys Look," 15 Mar. 2021 On its GoFundMe page, the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia, suggests that, short of a straight-up donation, the best way to support the legendary music hall is to buy a T-shirt or hat. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "Our Sad Souvenirs of the Pandemic," 12 Mar. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Hat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hat. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce hat (audio) \

Kids Definition of hat

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

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