sha·​ko ˈsha-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce shako (audio)
plural shakos or shakoes
: a stiff military hat with a high crown and plume

Illustration of shako

Illustration of shako

Examples of shako in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tip o the shako to Heather Curtis. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 25 Oct. 2012 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, 26 Mar. 2018

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Word History


French, from Hungarian csákó

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shako was in 1793

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“Shako.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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sha·​ko ˈshak-ō How to pronounce shako (audio)
plural shakos or shakoes
: a stiff military cap with a high crown and plume

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