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[bar-it] /ˈbær ɪt/
a small cap, akin to the biretta, worn in the Middle Ages by soldiers and ecclesiastics.
Origin of barret
dialectal Italian
1820-30; < French barrette, Middle French < dialectal Italian barretta (Italian berretta) biretta Unabridged
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  • “You have been in the water, I fear,” said barret, in a tone of pity.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • “He is an old schoolfellow of mine,” said barret in a low voice.

    Fighting the Flames R.M. Ballantyne
  • barret switched off the teleceiver set and stepped out of the booth to face the muzzle of Astro's blaster.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • The hamlet displays no sign of life, nevertheless barret is cautious.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • Poor barret became more and more overwhelmed as she went on.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • As we have said, barret stood immovable, not knowing very well what to do.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • “There seems to be some one down at the pool now,” remarked barret, looking back.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • Accordingly, after the meal was over, Archie carried barret off to his workshop.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • That same day, Milly, barret, and Jackman arranged that the mystery of the cowardly young man must be cleared up.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • “It is not like barret to be late,” observed the laird that evening, as he consulted his watch.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for barret


a small flat cap resembling a biretta
Word Origin
C19: from French barrette, from Italian berrettabiretta; compare beret
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Word Origin and History for barret

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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