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 Weber donned the top hat; Skolnik and Petros put on throwback newsboy caps. Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "They’re getting ready to toast and serve L.A. hikers again. And the drinks really are free," 7 May 2020 Instead of traveling around the board with the classic top hat or wheelbarrow, players will be able to choose between four equally adorable versions of Baby Yoda in different poses. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Hasbro introduces Baby Yoda-themed Monopoly set just in time for May the Fourth," 4 May 2020 Little wonder that steampunk fans buy top hats and petticoats, adorn themselves in brass and glass, and flock to steampunk conventions. Nicole Yunger Halpern, Scientific American, "Quantum Steampunk: 19th-Century Science Meets Technology of Today," 18 Apr. 2020 But the steam engines central to traditional thermodynamics resemble today's technologies about as much as top hats resemble virtual-reality headsets. Nicole Yunger Halpern, Scientific American, "Quantum Steampunk: 19th-Century Science Meets Technology of Today," 18 Apr. 2020 Having transformed her stringy brown hair and baggy sweaters into bright-red curls and a black top hat, the teen is ready to embark on a life-changing journey to pursue the career she's always dreamed of — with a side of Alfie Allen. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Watch Beanie Feldstein In First Trailer For Caitlin Moran’s How To Build A Girl," 9 Apr. 2020 Wearing what was surely a faux fur coat and a top hat, Dallas’ queen exorcised her demons during the first half of the set. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Erykah Badu got angry at her birthday concert. It made her sound even better," 23 Feb. 2020 Just trade the Patrick Mahomes jersey for a Hawaiian shirt, and maybe a top hat, for a few hours on Sunday to live an experience that will (probably) only happen once. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Brunch at Louisville bar will celebrate 'Groundhog Day,' but will it only be once?," 27 Jan. 2020 Dapper in his black tux, wingtips, gloves and top hat, Little Man holds up a warning finger at his arch nemesis, Menace Mouse, with a large mallet hidden behind his back to counter the rodent’s small knife and fork. Los Angeles Times, "Felix, Little Man and other beloved Los Angeles logos," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of top hat

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Top hat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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