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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Examples of sombrero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So in Lubbock, there's a Pancho Claus that wears a serape and a sombrero. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 25 Dec. 2021 Pancho Clos wears a sombrero and serape over a Santa suit and typically appears at a community center, making his entrance aboard a firetruck and handing out toys, candy canes and bags laden with fruits and nuts. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 24 Dec. 2021 The women tend to wear colorful, traditional dresses and a charro sombrero., 10 Dec. 2021 Known for his trademark baritone, distinctive charro suit and sombrero, Fernández received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998. Charu Sinha, Vulture, 12 Dec. 2021 Some of the other incidents include Campo sending a Hispanic officer a picture of the officer on a hot sauce bottle wearing a sombrero, Case Sletvold said. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2021 On multiple occasions, records state, Campo posted images harassing the only Latino officer in the division, including an image depicting the officer sporting a sombrero as part of a hot sauce bottle logo. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021 Some considered the mural’s original sombrero-sporting figures offensive. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Oct. 2021 The Banditos’ mascot is a mustachioed skeleton with a giant sombrero. Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021

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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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“Sombrero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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