pith helmet


Definition of pith helmet

: topee

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First lady Melania Trump was criticized for wearing a pith helmet, a symbol of colonial rule, while on safari in Kenya during her Africa trip in October. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S. to Africa: Pick Either US or China and Russia, Not Both," 13 Dec. 2018 Lost in the mists of history, the New York Times seems to have believed as recently as 2007 that the pith helmet could be part of a compelling fashion ensemble: This season, the call of the wild sounds more like a primal scream. James Freeman, WSJ, "Columbus, Churchill and Melania," 8 Oct. 2018 While visiting the Sheldrick Wildlife Elephant Project in Kenya, the first lady topped her outfit with a white pith helmet. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Melania Trump Told Reporters She 'Doesn't Always Agree' With Her Husband," 7 Oct. 2018 A century later the Brits are leading the luxury charge once again, this time minus the hunting rifles and pith helmets, and much closer to home. Deborah Dunn, Town & Country, "The Best of Glamping," 8 Oct. 2015 While in Kenya, she was seen wearing a pith helmet — one that very closely resembles worn by colonial British soldiers in 19th-century Africa. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Internet Is Comparing Melania Trump's Outfit to a Famous Fictional Nazi," 7 Oct. 2018 Melania Trump wearing a pith helmet on her trip to Africa is more than a silly sartorial choice. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Melania Trump Wore a White Pith Helmet While Visiting Kenya," 6 Oct. 2018 The White House has yet to release a statement on the pith helmet. Ana Colón, Glamour, "First Lady Melania Trump Draws Criticism for Wearing a Pith Helmet During Tour of Africa," 5 Oct. 2018 There’s more to Ben Hollis than a pith helmet and safari shorts. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-'Wild Chicago' host to tell his story at Skokie Theatre," 7 May 2018

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1858, in the meaning defined above

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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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