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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Recent Examples on the Web Like Mayweather did against Oscar De La Hoya, Davis wore a sombrero and the green, red and white of the Mexico flag on his trunks. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Gervonta Davis knocks Leo Santa Cruz out cold with uppercut in sixth round," 31 Oct. 2020 In the late 1960s, Frito-Lay introduced the Frito Bandito, a cartoon caricature sporting a gold tooth and sombrero and speaking with an exaggerated stereotypical imitation of Mexican accent. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Eskimo Pie, Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben's and Cream of Wheat are changing. Are the Washington Redskins next?," 19 June 2020 Anybody whose jaw has dropped at Floyd Mayweather Jr. making his way to a match (gladiatorially, in a bronzed breastplate; in a Mexican-flag robe and shorts, complete with sombrero and hype-man 50 Cent) can attest: Nobody wants dignity anymore. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Deontay Wilder’s Costume Was Heavyweight Camp," 26 Feb. 2020 Several of the shelter’s feline friends made their way into the Cinco de Meow-O video, sporting tiny sombreros and mustaches. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park animal shelter director honored for inventive approach," 13 Dec. 2019 Not too long after, Reno City Manager Sabra Newby reported finding a pigeon in northeast Reno wearing a tiny sombrero. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "MAGA hats can harm Las Vegas pigeons. PETA says enough with the 'stupid pranks.'," 21 Feb. 2020 The implanted sensor, as Mr. Rocca describes it, is shaped like a small sombrero, about the size of a quarter, and contains a processor, a radio and communications electronics. Stephen Williams, New York Times, "High-Tech Tires, From Pit Lane to Your Garage," 13 Feb. 2020 Souvenirs: Coffee; sombrero vueltiao, the palm hats that are a national symbol; and Wayuu bags, or mochilas, which are woven by women from the Wayuu tribe. Washington Post, "Why your next vacation should be in Colombia," 3 Jan. 2020 There was a sombrero-sized carrot slice, mushroom cap, whole cherry tomato, arugula and flurry of corn. Matt Wake |, al, "Want a bowl of exotic comfort food? Try this local ramen spot," 16 Jan. 2020

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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 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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