som·​bre·​ro | \ səm-ˈbrer-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce sombrero (audio) , 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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The sombrero vueltiao is the national symbol of Colombia, and to protect its heritage, the government bans imports. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 The famous bird greets guests in a sombrero and poncho for photo ops in front of an ancient Aztec pyramid. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Donald Duck Day: Where to find the famous bird at Walt Disney World," 9 June 2019 Or several people in full Mexican regalia — nice sombreros, for sure — giving their own interviews rather than asking anything about jet sweeps or corner blitzes. Barry Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Media night more like a mosh pit and Mardi Gras," 29 Jan. 2019 Go to Casa Enrique for upscale Mexican: The sombrero-wearing maltese depicted on the window marks the spot. Ali Francis, Vogue, "7 Long Island City Restaurants You Should Try Before, Well, Amazon," 20 Nov. 2018 Instead of sombreros, their low, sleek ponytails (anything else gets caught in the sequins on their jackets) are adorned with a beribboned bow that’s nearly the size of a football. Harper Smith, Allure, "The Beauty Secrets of Mariachi Las Alteñas, an All-Female Mariachi Band in the Heart of Texas," 13 Nov. 2018 Its designers, Ali Daniel Flores and Victor Olmos, conceived their royal palm straw creation as a tribute to the sombrero — regarded as an embarrassment by today’s youth of Mexico — and to help restore local straw-weaving traditions. Linda Dyett, The Seattle Times, "Hats are big this summer. Really, really big," 16 Aug. 2018 Some fans have taken to Twitter to criticize Beyoncé's decision to wear the sombrero, as well as the fact that she was spotted carrying a maraca. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Stepped Out in a Sombrero for Cinco de Mayo," 6 May 2017 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

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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 How to pronounce sombrero (audio) \
plural sombreros

Kids Definition of sombrero

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

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