top hat


Definition of top hat

: a tall-crowned hat usually of beaver or silk

Examples of top hat in a Sentence

He wore a top hat and tails.

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Yannis Francois’ heavily accented English and imposing stage presence made Nick truly seem a creature from elsewhere, even in a top hat. Mark Swed,, "Review: Stravinsky's exceedingly slow ‘Rake's Progress’ from West Hollywood to Ojai," 7 June 2019 This is particularly true for a period piece like Greenwood Avenue, a film set in 1920s Tusla, Oklahoma, which called for the restoration of luxurious 1920s fashions (think flapper dresses, tuxedos, top hats). Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "'Greenwood Avenue' Costume Designer Talks the Importance of 1920s Black Fashion," 28 Sep. 2018 Erykah Badu, too, got in on the act in her signature top hat, yellow thick-rimmed sunglasses, sweats, and casual red Havaianas flip flops. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: FKA Twigs, Maluma, and More," 11 May 2019 Sitting behind him during the entire hearing was a man wearing a mustache and top hat, dressed as the character from the popular board game Monopoly. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Google CEO Sundar Pichai Faces Lawmakers Skeptical Over Privacy, Alleged Anti-Conservative Bias," 11 Dec. 2018 Men must wear traditional morning dress: a black or grey tailcoat, striped trousers, a waistcoat and a top hat, even when the temperatures soar. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How to Get into the Royal Enclosure at Ascot," 18 June 2018 The legendary actress has spent decades giving us iconic style—from on-screen moments like Annie Hall and The First Wives Club to her signature off-screen look of turtlenecks, suits, and top hats. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Diane Keaton Is Now a Fashion Blogger and the Rest of You Can Go Home," 6 Feb. 2019 Seeing Amy Sherman-Palladino without her trademark top hat is unexpected, to say the least—like observing a particularly ebullient peacock sans opulent plumage. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 9 Dec. 2018 Just like in the audition scene from the movie, the stage is decked out with spotlights, a paper moon, and Kelsi in a top hat on the piano. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Vanessa Hudgens Recreates "High School Musical" in Phantoms's New "Lay With Me" Music Video," 4 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of top hat

1879, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of top hat

: a tall, usually black hat that is worn by men on very formal occasions

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