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barret

[bar-it] /ˈbær ɪt/
noun
1.
a small cap, akin to the biretta, worn in the Middle Ages by soldiers and ecclesiastics.
Origin of barret
dialectal Italian
1820-1830
1820-30; < French barrette, Middle French < dialectal Italian barretta (Italian berretta) biretta
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  • 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
  • “Perhaps you are right,” said barret, smoking harder than ever.

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

    Fighting the Flames R.M. Ballantyne
  • The hamlet displays no sign of life, nevertheless barret is cautious.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • “Fifty miles—rather more,” says barret, setting down the glass.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • “You have been in the water, I fear,” said barret, in a tone of pity.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • barret looked at his host with a slight elevation of his eyebrows.

    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
British Dictionary definitions for barret

barret

/ˈbærɪt/
noun
1.
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
n.

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

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