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 Moments after the lineal heavyweight champion took off a sombrero and a Mexican flag, Otto Wallin went after him at T-Mobile Arena. Los Angeles Times, "Tyson Fury is bloodied but survives to beat Otto Wallin by unanimous decision," 14 Sep. 2019 The free noon-midnight party will include mariachis, food from La Santa Taqueria (legit) and a free sombrero with an RSVP at Ben Crandell,, "Weekend preview: Tunnel to Towers 5K, a date night on the beach and Bumblefest," 11 Sep. 2019 Another thought a photo of her tiny chihuahua wearing a sombrero was worth passing along. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Derek Carr makes generous offer for HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ series," 18 July 2019 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

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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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The first known use of sombrero was in 1599

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30 Sep 2019

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“Sombrero.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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How to pronounce sombrero (audio)

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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