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.
Recent Examples on the Web Johnson tried to shade the manuscript with his top hat. New York Times, "Who Was the First New President to …?," 18 Jan. 2021 At sunrise on Groundhog Day, members of Punxsutawney Phil's top hat-wearing inner circle revealed the cuddly oracle's prediction — his 135th, according to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office. CBS News, "Groundhog Day 2021: Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter," 2 Feb. 2021 Tall and aristocratic, Bergh dressed impeccably, often sporting a top hat and silver cane, his long face framed by a drooping mustache. Ernest Freeberg, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Horse Flu Epidemic Brought That 19th-Century America to a Stop," 4 Dec. 2020 Adam Roberts, a vice president of the Wells Society and a professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, was equally irked by the Invisible Man's top hat. Johnny Diaz New York Times, Star Tribune, "Errors in H.G. Wells commemorative coin irk his fans," 20 Jan. 2021 We have been conditioned to believe that with a clock’s tick on one particular midnight, a bent old man hands the baton of time to a sprightly cherub in a top hat. New York Times, "This New Year’s Eve, Times Square Will Be Filled With Hope. But Not People.," 30 Dec. 2020 Tall and aristocratic, Bergh dressed impeccably, often sporting a top hat and silver cane, his long face framed by a drooping mustache. Ernest Freeberg, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Horse Flu Epidemic Brought That 19th-Century America to a Stop," 4 Dec. 2020 The queen also sported a festive look, opting for a vibrant red overcoat with a matching top hat, black leather loafers, and her signature handbag and gloves in tow. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Cambridges Join Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles for a Socially Distanced Photo Op," 8 Dec. 2020 The pop icon paired the look with combat boots and a black top hat. Lindzi Scharf, Los Angeles Times, "The absolute comfiest loungewear of 2020," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2021

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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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