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[hat-band] /ˈhætˌbænd/
a band or ribbon placed about the crown of a hat, just above the brim.
a black band similarly worn as a sign of mourning.
Origin of hatband
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at hat, band2 Unabridged
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  • "The fellow has got a letter, Sir; he has stuck it in his hatband," said Mr. Crab.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • He took off the Homburg, took his handkerchief from his breast pocket, and wiped the hatband.

    One-Shot James Benjamin Blish
  • "She's older than Dick's hatband, sir," rejoined the housekeeper promptly.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • He withdrew it from his hatband, where he always wore it aslant like a feather.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • His "feather" is the Traveller's Joy, his "hatband" the club-moss.

    The Dukeries R. Murray Gilchrist
  • I stopped and gathered a handful and stuck them in my buttonhole and under my hatband.

    The Range Dwellers

    B. M. Bower
  • Someone outside fired a shot in at Bud, clipping his hatband in front.

    Cow-Country B. M. Bower
  • A moment later I had the rattles in my hatband for a souvenir.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • Now and then the pirate would glare suddenly out, the knife in his teeth and the sulphur matches sputtering in his hatband.

    Trent's Last Case E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley
  • She afterwards explained it adequately to the man, by asserting that they looked as odd as Dick's hatband.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for hatband


a band or ribbon around the base of the crown of a hat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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