\ 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

Dustin has been wearing the same hat since the very first season of the Netflix show, a blue, white, and red baseball cap that covers his curly mop. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Someone Found The Answer To Dustin's Biggest Mystery In Season 3 Of Stranger Things," 5 July 2019 From matching animal hats on vaca to creating an actual ship name, these two are IG-goals and then some. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes and Charles Melton's Best Social Media Moments," 30 June 2019 Soraya Spencer's crepe tacos are a little bit Algerian with a French accent, plus a tip of the hat to her new-ish Texas home. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "What's a crepe taco? Try this Algerian-French twist on a Texas staple at gluten-free Dallas restaurant," 28 June 2019 Below are some suggestions: The ideal summer hats offer protection from the sun and the heat and is also stylish. Houston Chronicle, "Accessories to help you enjoy life under the sun," 27 June 2019 Presumably, all eyes were on the newborn royal, wrapped in a white blanket and matching hat. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan changed her engagement ring and we didn't even notice," 24 June 2019 The hat blew off my head and clung to a lip of rock on the cliff. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "Ramblin’ Man," 24 June 2019 There are more kids up there wearing the wrong hat than the right one. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "The NBA should be embarrassed about all the wrong hats being worn at the draft," 20 June 2019 Dressed in all black suits and matching bowler hats, these men and women are the heartbeat of the operation. Ben Church, CNN, "Royal Ascot: A day in the life," 19 June 2019

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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 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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