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picture hat

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noun
  1. a woman's hat having a very broad, flexible brim, often decorated with feathers, flowers, or the like.

Origin of picture hat

First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for picture hat

Historical Examples

  • She put on her picture-hat carefully with sixteen pins in it, and went away.

    The Celebrity at Home

    Violet Hunt

  • He was a plain man, and he stood in considerable awe of the picture-hat and its wearer.

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • She wore a new gown, fawn-colour and violet, with a picture-hat, very taking.

    Fisherman's Luck

    Henry van Dyke

  • She wore a picture-hat and a costume the keynote of which was a certain aggressive attractiveness.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • She no longer wore the picture-hat, and Rutherford, looking at her, came to the conclusion that the change was an improvement.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse


British Dictionary definitions for picture hat

picture hat

noun
  1. a decorated hat with a very wide brim, esp as worn by women in paintings by Gainsborough and Reynolds
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