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opera hat

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noun
  1. a man's tall, collapsible top hat, held open or in shape by springs and usually covered with a black, silky fabric.Also called gibus.Compare beaver1(def 4), silk hat, top hat.
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Origin of opera hat

First recorded in 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for opera hat

Historical Examples

  • When he had gone I went into my bedroom and made a pile of my opera-hat.

    Happy Days

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • I left Thomas scrambling about the mosaic lobby of the theater for his opera-hat.

    The Voice in the Fog

    Harold MacGrath

  • In one hand this figure held a snuff-box, in the other an opera-hat.

  • He offered his opera-hat and civil mantle to Radocky, who departed in them, leaving his military cloak in exchange.

    Vittoria, Complete

    George Meredith

  • One can not imagine Socrates in an opera-hat—in fact, he wore no hat, and he was bald.


British Dictionary definitions for opera hat

opera hat

noun
  1. a collapsible top hat operated by a springAlso called: gibus
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