top hat

noun

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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The sharpest outfit of the day goes to Cara Delevingne, who looked fresh and excellent in a three-piece suit and a top hat. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How Princess Eugenie's Wedding Broke Royal Protocol," 13 Oct. 2018 Cara Delevingne arrived at the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle this morning in an Emporio Armani tuxedo paired with a Chanel top hat. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne Broke The Royal Wedding Dress Code in the Chicest Way Possible," 12 Oct. 2018 Men are required to wear a full morning suit with waistcoat and either a black or grey top hat at all times. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 20 June 2018 Some wore top hats over their heads and headphones draped around their neck. Jordan Mcpherson And Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "The Marlins' next opponent is heading to town with a Miami-esque flair," 25 June 2018 The mural depicts a grinning Cheshire Cat, which dons a top hat with an image of the Queen of Hearts and stands in front of Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Alice in Wonderland-themed bar Hatter and Hare now open in Phoenix," 12 July 2018 TheaterWorks honcho Rob Ruggiero, who has directed regularly at Goodspeed for around a decade now, helms this tricky show, which requires highly skilled character actors, a large group of unruly children and a wardrobe of greatcoats and top hats. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Goodspeed To Stage Dickens' Tale Of Downtrodden 'Oliver Twist'," 19 June 2018 Harry, 33, looked dapper in his traditional tailcoat and top hat. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Makes Her Royal Ascot Debut — in a Carriage Fit for a Princess!," 19 June 2018 Full morning dress, including a top hat, is required of men regardless of the heat. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Even Kate Middleton Has to Wear a Name Tag at the Royal Ascot," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of top hat

1879, in the meaning defined above

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top hat

noun

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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