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opera hat

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.
Origin of opera hat
First recorded in 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The ordinary "plug hat" was known to these people, but not an opera hat.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • He had told her that the box was hidden in an opera hat, in one corner of the room.

    The Ivory Snuff Box Arnold Fredericks
  • When he had gone I went into my bedroom and made a pile of my opera hat.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • He was in evening dress, and an opera hat was set rakishly on the back of his head.

  • He had felt uneasy with the very servant who gave him his opera hat!

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Alphonse picked up the opera hat, straightened it out and looked at it.

    Fairfax and His Pride Marie Van Vorst
  • Pour some water into a glass and cover it with an opera hat.

    Water Wizardry Arthur Ainslie
  • He had on an overcoat and an opera hat, but otherwise was dressed as for dinner.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope
  • Stephen, standing by, folding and unfolding his opera hat, smiled.

  • Austin Ambrose made his way to her slowly, his opera hat under his arm, his clean-cut face serene and perfectly self-possessed.

    Wild Margaret Geraldine Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for opera hat

opera hat

a collapsible top hat operated by a spring Also called gibus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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