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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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,, "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,, "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 The other tattoo was a skull wearing a top hat and smoking a cigarette. Longreads, "The Cold War and its Fallout," 16 June 2018 Men’s and women’s looks referenced the tailcoat and top hat traditionally worn by that circus performer. Adam Tschorn,, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 Men came dressed in tailcoats and top hats, while women paired fascinators with colorful dresses. Cara Zimmerman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Saved a Countess from Falling Out of a Carriage," 22 June 2017

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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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