pith helmet


Definition of pith helmet

: topee

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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 The second is that a pith helmet is never a good look. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Why ‘Safari’ Style is No Longer Politically Correct," 23 Jan. 2019 Completing the ensemble was that unmistakable symbol of imperialism, the pith helmet or solar topee. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Why ‘Safari’ Style is No Longer Politically Correct," 23 Jan. 2019 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

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First Known Use of pith helmet

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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