tril·​by | \ ˈtril-bē How to pronounce trilby (audio) \
plural trilbies

Definition of trilby

chiefly British
: a soft felt hat with indented crown

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The movie’s producer Paul Van Carter also shared the photo of Flynn as Bowie — complete with long blonde locks, a trilby hat and a cigarette in hand — on Wednesday via Instagram. Ruth Kinane,, "See the first photo of Johnny Flynn as David Bowie in upcoming film Stardust," 21 Aug. 2019 Pippa carried a straw J.Crew clutch (on sale for $60) and matching Jess Collett hand woven panama trilby hat. Dave Quinn,, "Style Ace! Pregnant Pippa Middleton Steps Out in White Eyelet Dress for Day at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 On both occasions he had been stylishly dressed, in two different types of hats: a beret and a trilby. Oddur Thorisson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling in Venice With Kids," 21 June 2018 Kulagin’s second, a thickset man in a trilby hat, was talking to him, gesturing, pleading: Major Allen, the Service officer on Watch detail tonight. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The geopolitics of the afterlife get messy in the new sci-fi spy novel Summerland," 17 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, "The Jacket That's Winning Milan Street Style," 19 Jan. 2016 More pervasive but just as questionable as fedoras are newsboy caps, Old West felt hats, trilbies, and slouchy beanies. Liza Corsillo, GQ, "Your Jaunty Hat Is Ruining Your Tinder Pictures," 1 Feb. 2018 The pictures show a young man trying to be stylish — wearing sunglasses, a trilby hat and suit jackets. Ceylan Yeginsu And Karam Shoumali, New York Times, "Arrests in London Tube Bombing Stun a Suburban Town," 18 Sep. 2017 Guests obliged, wearing headpieces that ranged from a cranberry-hued trilby and black beret to a stylish fascinator headpiece. Lisa M. Krieger, The Cannifornian, "Cannabis for women gives new meaning to ‘High Tea’," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of trilby

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trilby

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

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The first known use of trilby was in 1897

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English Language Learners Definition of trilby

chiefly British : a soft hat with part of the top pushed in

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