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Panama hat

a hat made of finely plaited young leaves of the jipijapa, a palmlike plant of Central and South America.
Also called Panama.
Origin of Panama hat
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He pulled off his Panama hat and waved it, shouting to his friend in joy.

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Harry rose to his feet, and took off the Panama hat, which he had kept on during his talk with Andy.

    Second String Anthony Hope
  • It was a fine day; he had a dutiful daughter; and he was going to see Henry Mortimer in a Panama hat.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • On her head was a Panama hat with a scarf of mauve silk tied loosely round it and hanging down her back in two long ends.

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • With his Panama hat, red tie and checked suit, he made a brave show.

  • There were great holes burnt in his Panama hat, even in his riding breeches.

    Back To Billabong Mary Grant Bruce
  • Without waiting another moment, I seize my walking-stick and Panama hat, and escape from the enchanted chamber into the street.

  • It was a Panama hat, and had two ribbons wound round it in a fanciful manner that was not exactly conventional.

    The Galaxy Various
  • A fat man in a rumpled suit and a Panama hat squeezed to the front, stood picking his teeth.

    It Could Be Anything John Keith Laumer
  • Half a block away the fat man in the Panama hat strode toward them at the head of a group of men in grey flannel.

    It Could Be Anything John Keith Laumer
British Dictionary definitions for Panama hat

Panama hat

(sometimes not capital) a hat made of the plaited leaves of the jipijapa plant of Central and South America Often shortened to panama, Panama
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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