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[jahy-buh s] /ˈdʒaɪ bəs/
noun, plural gibuses.
Also called gibus hat.
Origin of gibus
First recorded in 1840-50; named after Gibus, 19th-century Frenchman, its inventor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He had gone out to dinner with a gibus hat, and they took that.

    Phineas Redux

    Anthony Trollope
  • He took a gibus hat,—his own, or that of some other unfortunate,—and slowly made his way down to the place in Bruton Street.

    Can You Forgive Her?

    Anthony Trollope
  • He went down by the lift (tipping again), and, being accosted by a waiter with his gibus, tipped the finder half a crown.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • His gibus was thrust back and exposed a disorder of hair that suggested a reckless desperation.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • The eminent entertainer extracted from the gibus a portmanteau, a soup-tureen, and a lady's watch.

  • “Devil” his lordship was going to say, for something struck him on the top of his gibus hat.

    Lady Maude's Mania George Manville Fenn
  • Ca'thos, cousin of Madelon, brought up by her uncle Gor'gibus, a plain citizen in the middle rank of life.

British Dictionary definitions for gibus


another name for opera hat
Word Origin
C19: named after Gibus, 19th-century Frenchman who invented it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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