pith helmet


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Recent Examples on the Web He’s been known to wear a pith helmet while exploring both urban and rural terrain. oregonlive, "Who is Elliot? Would you date him? Portland man creates dating site to date, well, just him," 9 Oct. 2020 None has come to mean more to me than the postman wearing a white pith helmet. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: For mail clerks, voting ballots will be handled with a sacredness no matter their political persuasion, no matter their bosses," 19 Sep. 2020 In a black-and-white photo taken in December 1935, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia stands at ease in a smart khaki military uniform and pith helmet, with a cape draped over his shoulders. Colin Grant, The New York Review of Books, "The Women’s War," 8 Apr. 2020 From top to toe, pith helmet to platform shoe, animal prints are back with a vengeance. James Freeman, WSJ, "Columbus, Churchill and Melania," 8 Oct. 2018 Twante remains a place where many men in sarongs and bamboo pith helmets smoke cheroots and women balance baskets of vegetables on their heads. New York Times, "Clay Pots Everywhere Quenched Myanmar’s Thirst, Until They Vanished," 10 Oct. 2019 Likewise, the guest tents bear no trace of the colonial tropes—campaign chests, pith helmets—that have become so tired and problematic in safari lodgings. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Asilia Namiri Plains Review: First In," 16 Sep. 2019 Quickly, people across the globe pointed out the jarring image, as pith helmets have long been associated with colonial rule, particularly in Africa and parts of Asia and the Middle East, and are considered a symbol of oppression. Ana Colón, Glamour, "First Lady Melania Trump Draws Criticism for Wearing a Pith Helmet During Tour of Africa," 5 Oct. 2018 But the first lady’s crowning misstep was to don a pith helmet, a move that one social-media commentator likened to wearing a Confederate uniform to meet with African-American cotton farmers. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Why ‘Safari’ Style is No Longer Politically Correct," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of pith helmet

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Pith helmet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pith%20helmet. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pith helmet

: a light, hard hat that is worn for protection from the sun in hot countries

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