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barret

[bar-it]
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noun
  1. a small cap, akin to the biretta, worn in the Middle Ages by soldiers and ecclesiastics.

Origin of barret

1820–30; < French barrette, Middle French < dialectal Italian barretta (Italian berretta) biretta
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Historical Examples

  • What,” asked Barret, “would become of the town, if all men thought as you do?

    Fighting the Flames

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “Here, let me look,” said Barret, taking the note from the boy.

    Fighting the Flames

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Willie, moreover, said he would go and consult his friend Barret about it.

    Fighting the Flames

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “Perhaps you are right,” said Barret, smoking harder than ever.

    Fighting the Flames

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “He is an old schoolfellow of mine,” said Barret in a low voice.

    Fighting the Flames

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for barret

barret

noun
  1. a small flat cap resembling a biretta

Word Origin

C19: from French barrette, from Italian berretta biretta; compare beret
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Word Origin and History for barret

n.

type of flat cap, 1828, from French barrette, cognate with Spanish birreta, Italian beretta (see biretta).

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