tril·​by ˈtril-bē How to pronounce trilby (audio)
plural trilbies
chiefly British
: a soft felt hat with indented crown

Examples of trilby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Compared to fedoras, trilbies have a narrower brim and an indented crown. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 14 July 2023 The item that rolled out of Herbert Johnson’s Old Burlington Street premises wasn’t as dainty as a trilby or as tall as a stovepipe, was more dapper than a cowboy and not as droopy as a bush hat. Simon Ingram, Town & Country, 30 June 2023 By this point, Driver has metamorphosed into an evil stage dad complete with villainous trilby. Nate Jones, Vulture, 20 Aug. 2021 Just like Smulders, Eichner weaponizes his likable offscreen persona to brilliant effect, proving an impressive dupe for Drudge—his signature trilby, included. Vogue, 9 Sep. 2021 On a sunny Sunday stroll through Beacon, a couple of ramblers are wearing straw trilbies in the farmers’ market. James Sullivan,, 3 Sep. 2019 On both occasions he had been stylishly dressed, in two different types of hats: a beret and a trilby. Oddur Thorisson, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 June 2018 Men's Fashion Week in Milan certainly boasts its fair share of show-goers in natty suits, tailored trousers, trilbies and charming bow ties—but the ladies in attendance are taking a tougher approach to street style. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Jan. 2016 Guests obliged, wearing headpieces that ranged from a cranberry-hued trilby and black beret to a stylish fascinator headpiece. Lisa M. Krieger, The Cannifornian, 16 May 2017

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Word History


from the fact that such a hat was worn in the London stage version of the novel Trilby (1894) by George du Maurier

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trilby was in 1897

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“Trilby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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