som·bre·ro | \səm-ˈbrer-(ˌ)ō, säm-\
plural sombreros

Definition of sombrero 

: an often high-crowned hat of felt or straw with a very wide brim worn especially in the Southwest and Mexico

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He was last seen wearing sweatpants and a brown sombrero-style hat. Alex Riggins,, "Escondido police search for man missing since Tuesday morning," 12 July 2018 Which is good, because no roof can hold those sombreros. Scott Ostler,, "Fans party at Avaya Stadium as they watch Mexico beat South Korea," 23 June 2018 Reducing someone’s culture to a basket of guacamole and chips at a dinner special or a sombrero on Cinco de Mayo can feel cruel to the people directly affected. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "It's Not OK to Appropriate Mexican Culture — Especially If You’re Dehumanizing Its People," 28 June 2018 For many, the answer was more obvious than a sombrero on the subway: American fans should support their neighbor to the south, Mexico. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Question Dividing U.S. Soccer Fans: Is It OK to Root for Mexico?," 26 June 2018 Her grandchildren in California smiled up from her phone, the girl in a dress that’s an explosion of turquoise ruffles, the boy in a sombrero, a wide grin sweeping across his face. Time, "'He Might Change His Mind in Minutes or Hours.' Migrant Mothers React to Trump Ending Border Separations," 21 June 2018 He was mounted on a mule, in a wide sombrero and rough riding trousers, making his usual rounds of the diocese. The Economist, "Obituary: Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, the first cardinal from Central America," 23 June 2018 Lore has it that this distinctive headwear, known as a bombín or sombrero de chola paceña (La Paz hat), is a relic from British railway workers in the 1920s. New York Times, "Place 9 of 52: The Paradox of the Women of La Paz," 17 Apr. 2018 The walls are covered with murals of small-town Mexico, featuring images of a mariachi band and men in sombreros. Griffin Jackson,, "'Frenetic and gentrifying': Logan Square a bastion of booze, street art and yes, hipsters," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of sombrero

1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sombrero

Spanish, from sombra shade

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English Language Learners Definition of sombrero

: a type of hat with a very wide brim that is often worn in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.


som·bre·ro | \səm-ˈbrer-ō \
plural sombreros

Kids Definition of sombrero

: a tall hat with a very wide brim worn especially in Mexico

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