sha·​ko | \ ˈsha-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce shako (audio) , ˈshā-, ˈshä- \
plural shakos or shakoes

Definition of shako

: a stiff military hat with a high crown and plume

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Examples of shako in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In black-and-white school photos from the early ’60s, Trump can be seen in boots, sash and a plumed shako, like some Austro-Hungarian infantryman. Robert F. Worth, New York Times, "Can Jim Mattis Hold the Line in Trump’s ‘War Cabinet’?," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of shako

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shako

French, from Hungarian csákó

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“Shako.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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