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[fas-uh-ney-ter] /ˈfæs əˌneɪ tər/
a person or thing that fascinates.
a scarf of crochet work, lace, or the like, narrowing toward the ends, worn as a head covering by women.
Origin of fascinator
From Late Latin, dating back to 1740-50; See origin at fascinate, -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She had put on her fascinator hood, but her hands and wrists were bare.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • Miss Lydia shook her head, blushing as she untied her "fascinator."

    The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow
  • The boss unbent to a surprising degree, Mrs. Stockbridge was most cordial, and the daughter proved to be a fascinator.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • His razor-mind was reincarnated a century later as the fascinator of nations—M. Dupin.

  • Mrs. Harsanyi took her into her own room and helped her take off her country "fascinator" and her clumsy plush cape.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • As Sylvie was about nothing more important than a pale-blue zephyr "fascinator," she accepted the invitation.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
  • The most that I could do was to lie back upon my bed, cram my fascinator into my mouth, and struggle to suppress my risibles.

    A Woman who went to Alaska May Kellogg Sullivan
  • However, I managed to keep pretty comfortable and snug in "fascinator" and muckluks, enveloped as I was in my Indian blanket.

    A Woman who went to Alaska May Kellogg Sullivan
  • She sat on the edge of her chair, with her hands deep in its pockets, her black knit "fascinator" fallen back from her hair.

    Christmas Zona Gale
  • She sat crocheting what she called a fascinator, her white bone needle moving harmoniously in and out of the blue wool.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
British Dictionary definitions for fascinator


a lightweight, decorative head covering worn by women on formal occasions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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