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 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 In one cringe-worthy moment, the Suns team mascot, Gorilla, ran out onto the floor dancing to Latin music wearing an over-sized sombrero on his head and a Mexican serape draped around his shoulders painted orange and purple, the team's colors. Daniel Gonzalez, azcentral, "Are the Phoenix Suns doing enough to tap into booming Latino market?," 13 Dec. 2019 Ruiz looks a full 283 pounds — even without the sombrero. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua: Round-by-round of heavyweight rematch," 7 Dec. 2019 Small green people, wearing bowties and sombreros strode over to him, all holding what appeared to be… ray guns? cleveland, "Ned’s zombie insurance: A short story from Write About Now," 18 Nov. 2019

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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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28 Apr 2020

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“Sombrero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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