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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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 The ringmaster look also meant seeing multiple variations of the top hat, with full-sized toppers on some models and pint-sized versions on others in a variety of fabrications, including, but not limited to, gold metallics, florals and stripes. Adam Tschorn,, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 Like a magician’s top hat popping out bunnies, its contents may never quite be exhausted. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "A Secret Passageway Into the World’s Most Exclusive Magic Club," 19 Dec. 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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