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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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of top hat was in 1864

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“Top hat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

top hat

: a man's hat with a tall crown

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