\ 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 hatless (audio) \ 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

Photo: Getty Images For this peacocking crowd, hats are practically mandatory. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Inside the Bizarre Life of a Male Street-Style Star," 14 Jan. 2019 For example, a hat—whether that’s a baseball cap or a beanie—can be helpful in keeping the sun out of your eyes or warming your head. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "7 Tips for Packing All the Right Clothing for Your First Backpacking Trip," 24 Oct. 2018 If your pup can't stand wearing clothes, maybe a horned hat is the way to go. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "POLL: Which Dog Halloween Costume Is Cuter?," 24 Sep. 2018 The Make America Great Again hat is this generation’s Ku Klux hood. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Pusha-T Compares 'Make America Great Again' Hat to 'This Generation's Ku Klux Klan Hood'," 6 July 2018 Carey tipped his hat to China, which is a likely target for as second race as Formula One looks to expand in Asia. Stephen Wade, The Seattle Times, "Bottas, Vettel lead Chinese GP practice sessions," 12 Apr. 2019 If the 2020 Democratic primary race is starting to feel a bit like a clown car, then there’s great news: one of the latest Dems to throw his hat in is quite the joker. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Teens Started Mike Gravel's Meme-Heavy 2020 Presidential Campaign," 9 Apr. 2019 Our hats go off to Gabrielle Blair, the true Fixer Upper MVP. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Finally Met the Woman Who's Responsible for 'Fixer Upper'," 7 Apr. 2019 The students signed their agreements and donned their Harley hats amid cheers from family members and supporters, including MPS Superintendent Keith Posley and MATC President Vicki Martin. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson signs 4 MPS Bradley Tech students as youth apprentices," 11 July 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


\ 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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