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.
Recent Examples on the Web Like the Mad Hatter’s top hat, Philly Typewriter crowns East Passyunk. Dina Litovsky, National Geographic, "Here’s why you’ll fall in love with Philadelphia," 14 Dec. 2019 For a fully immersive experience, attend one of the tavern’s period dance classes, complete with tails, top hats, and hoop skirts. al, "Plan the ultimate holiday getaway to this historic Virginia town," 9 Dec. 2019 Although the triangular Cheesehead is the company’s most popular hat, at least a dozen styles are for sale, from baseball cap and fez to top hat. Mary Bergin,, "Watch Cheesehead hats get made in quirky factory tour in Milwaukee," 2 Dec. 2019 Jenner re-created Madonna's all-black outfit with a top hat, microphone, and blonde wig. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner and Her BFF Were Madonna and Britney Spears for Halloween," 28 Oct. 2019 Death is played by the rapper Wiz Khalifa, by the way, complete with a top hat and cane. The Atlantic, "The 15 Best TV Moments of 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 Gentry, clad in a vest and top hat, is believed to appear in the left half of the image. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This May Be the Earliest Known Image of Enslaved Individuals With Cotton," 7 Dec. 2019 Purists might blanche at the strenuously modern brand of feminism the movie imposes here, and the generally contemporary air that swirls over all its carriages and top hats. Leah Greenblatt,, "Greta Gerwig's Little Women is a warm blanket in a cold world: Review," 25 Nov. 2019 Men's fashion has remained relatively unchanged for centuries, with those in the Royal Enclosure asked to wear black or grey morning dress and top hats. Ben Church, CNN, "Royal Ascot 2019: A summer spectacle with the royal seal of approval," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of top hat

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of top hat was in 1879

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9 Jan 2020

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“Top hat.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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