\ 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

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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 As always, hats off to the editors for accompanying every astrological reading with the perfect flashback clip for evidentiary support. Jodi Walker, EW.com, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills recap: Couples therapy rising," 21 May 2020 And don’t forget the accessories: hats, sunglasses, and scarves all protect sensitive skin from the elements. Alisha Mcdarris, Popular Science, "What you need to know when hiking with kids," 19 May 2020 The line includes shirts, tank tops, shorts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hats, and more for men, women, and children. al, "Meet the Alabama man who coined the term ‘30A’," 6 May 2020 The department did not identify the officers or the homeless man in its post -- but said that the pair bought him a new hat, fresh shorts, shirts and underwear. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "San Diego cops meet homeless man with torn shorts, buy him new clothes," 5 May 2020 Take your clothing outside, lay your garments out (turkey hunters should remember to spray gloves, hats, socks, and even boots) and spray each side of your outerwear. 4. Gerry Bethge, Outdoor Life, "Why it’s Critical to Tick-Proof Yourself Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic," 4 May 2020 Since its inaugural running on May 17, 1875, the race has been held without interruption at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, and has brought us all the mint juleps, oversized hats, and thrilling close calls our hearts can handle. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "How to Watch and Stream the Virtual "Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown" Race This Weekend," 1 May 2020 The proceeds for this perfect-for-Mother's-Day hat, though, benefit Families Belong Together, a non-profit that works to reunite separated families at the border. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 Mother's Day Gifts, Whether You're Shopping for a Spa Lover, Home Cook, or Hiker," 1 May 2020 The unisex hat, available in khaki and charcoal gray, also has a metal slide adjuster on the back to ensure a perfect fit. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "If Your Face Mask Hurts Your Ears, Try These Genius Hacks to Prevent Irritation," 23 Apr. 2020

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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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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hat. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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