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 However, his trademark chest tattoo of a woman wearing a sombrero is clearly visible during a boxing match. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Apr. 2021 The 35-year-old club soccer coach and mother of three is known for her pink overalls, a sombrero and a legendary set of lungs. Michael Casagrande |, al, 10 Mar. 2021 The bobblehead stands about 8 inches and portrays a sombrero-wearing skeleton playing guitar. Marc Bona, cleveland, 21 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 21 Feb. 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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The first known use of sombrero was in 1599

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“Sombrero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 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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