hat

noun
\ 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

hat

verb
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

Noun

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

Noun

in those days, no properly dressed person left home without a hat

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Oscar-winner Hilary Swank is known best for Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don't Cry, but she's taken to wearing a few somewhat surprising hats in the last few years. Kelsea Stahler, refinery29.com, "Why Oscar-Winner Hilary Swank Agreed To Fight A Robot On Netflix," 7 June 2019 But continuing to wear various hats while also working a full-time job has taken its toll, Vassar, 55, said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Incumbent councilman drops out of Highland race," 7 June 2019 It has been noted that the Queen regularly wore hats to the event until 1967, but has appeared without one ever since. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Has a Long History with the Chelsea Flower Show," 20 May 2019 Prince Charles is a man who wears many hats—and only one of them is a (eventual) crown. Vogue, "The Royal Family Has Opened a New Bed and Breakfast," 15 May 2019 To confirm his would-be partner was a real person, Mr. Sijbrandij requested his picture, and received an image of a face obscured by a hat and large sunglasses. Agam Shah, WSJ, "The Office of the Future Is No Office at All, Says Startup," 15 May 2019 Shawn also has tons of merch that fans can buy at his shows or online, including shirts, jackets, hats and more. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "You Won't Believe How Big Shawn Mendes' Net Worth Is!," 19 Apr. 2019 One of my favorites is a skier Klennert crafted using old car bumpers for the skis, a milk-can lid for the hat and water-faucet handles for the ears. Carol Pucci, The Seattle Times, "For a visit without the crowds, head to Mount Rainier in winter," 20 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of hat

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for hat

Noun

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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More Definitions for hat

hat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hat

: a covering for the head that often has a brim and a rounded or flat top

hat

noun
\ 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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