\ 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

He was last seen walking on the 2500 block of North 24 St. Wednesday night wearing a black Louis Vuitton jacket and a white or blue baseball hat, possibly with a Milwaukee Brewers logo. Keith Schubert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police need help finding 64-year-old man," 20 June 2019 For all the record scores, for all the hat-tricks, goalkeepers at this World Cup have stood up to the task, whatever size the goal in front of them. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Women's World Cup: Goalkeepers and VAR taking center stage in France," 19 June 2019 The subject was described as a white man in his 50s wearing a blue shirt, Twins hat, checkered shorts with a water bottle in the right pocket, and a gray beard. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Man charged with stealing dog off deck in Hudson, Wis.," 19 June 2019 The Matildas could have missed out altogether if the result went against them at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, but Sam Kerr's brilliant hat-trick ensured that three of Group C's four sides went through to the knockouts. SI.com, "Women's World Cup Roundup: Italy, Brazil & Australia Progress to Knockout Stages," 18 June 2019 Attendees, many wearing red Make America Great Again hats, crowded a room decorated with multiple cardboard cutouts of first lady Melania Trump and of the president giving two thumbs up. Jeannette Hinkle, azcentral, "Arizona Trump fans fired up about president's re-election launch," 18 June 2019 Kaia, 17, dressed in a baggy black sweater and plaid bucket hat, and Presley, 19, wore a tie dye hoodie with the hood up over a black beanie. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "The Crawford-Gerber Family Waited for a Table at IHOP and Then ‘Ordered Every Picture’ On the Menu," 18 June 2019 The news follows reports from users about losing access to their valuable accounts, as well as a separate Motherboard story about how some of these victims turned to white-hat (or well-meaning) hackers for help. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Instagram begins testing new procedures to help users regain access to hacked accounts," 17 June 2019 Explore the Namib dunes on a quad bike, and hike a craggy slope to see ancient rock paintings in a nearby cave, making sure to pack water, a hat, and sunscreen. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, "17 unforgettable African safaris," 14 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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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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to take the place or position of

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