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

The top hat, wheelbarrow, and Scottie dog are now tiny replicas of Sophia's purse, Stan's toupee, and Rose's teddy bear. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Stop Everything: 'Golden Girls' Monopoly and Clue Are 40% Off on Amazon," 16 July 2018 The outfit was a cooler-than-cool choice for the model, who nailed the effortlessly fresh and chic look with a little help from a top hat and a toothpick. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Cara Delevingne Asked Princess Eugenie's Permission Before Wearing That Suit to the Royal Wedding," 13 Nov. 2018 One memorable story told of Harrison chasing the goat down Pennsylvania Avenue with his three grandchildren in tow and top hat in hand while waving his cane. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "The GOP's Pollyanna problem," 20 Aug. 2018 Small details of their period costumes are revealed — such as Watson and Scanlen's top hats, Ronan's smoking pipe, and Pugh's oversized bow blouse. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emma Watson Shared the First Cast Photo from Greta Gerwig's Little Women," 14 Dec. 2018 Even Prime Minister David Cameron will be letting his hair down as staff at Number 10 Downing Street host a street party on Sunday featuring a steel band and homemade cakes, including 'top hats' fashioned from chocolate and marshmallow. Graham Smith, Time, "Harry and Meghan's Wedding Is a Reminder That Britain Doesn't Need the Royals," 18 May 2018 At this point, we are well versed in the fascinators that sit on women's heads at these events but Cara opted to break this royal dress code and put on a black top hat instead. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Cara Delevingne Wore a Tuxedo to Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 In typical fashion, today’s wedding featured a detailed and very large gown, some jaw-dropping diamonds, and a ton of British celebrities wearing over-the-top hats. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding: a fashion FAQ," 12 Oct. 2018 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

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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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