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[shak-oh, shey-koh] /ˈʃæk oʊ, ˈʃeɪ koʊ/
noun, plural shakos or shackos, shakoes or shackoes.
a military cap in the form of a cylinder or truncated cone, with a visor and a plume or pompon.
Origin of shako
1805-15; < French schako < Hungarian csákó, short for csákós (süveg) peaked (cap), adj. derivative of csák peak < Middle High German zacke peak, point; see tack1 Unabridged
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  • The shako was ornamented in front with a white death's-head, and one would not have believed that a skull could be so ornamental.

    The Nameless Castle Maurus Jkai
  • "I congratulate you," said the captain, as I picked up my shako.

  • You mustn't wear that shako; you'd soon be picked off with that tower of black fur on your head.

  • Seeing that he was not wanted further, he touched his shako and withdrew.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • As I watched the approach to the town, I caught sight of the bayonet and shako of a soldier rising above the brow of a hill.

    Manco, the Peruvian Chief W.H.G. Kingston
  • If I had but a frock and a shako, thought I, I could make my way.

  • One man gravely wore a gilt coronet crammed over the crown of his shako.

    Barlasch of the Guard H. S. Merriman
  • The young man let fall his shako from his hand, and laid it on his sword-hilt.

  • She would have none of these in her kitchen; and so the sabre and shako were hidden away in a cupboard.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
  • Two of these had the number of their regiment on their shako.

British Dictionary definitions for shako


noun (pl) shakos, shakoes, shackos, shackoes
a tall usually cylindrical military headdress, having a plume and often a peak, popular esp in the 19th century
Word Origin
C19: via French from Hungarian csákó, from Middle High German zacke a sharp point
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Word Origin and History for shako

cylindrical soldier's hat with plume, 1815, from Hungarian csákó, short for csákós süveg "peaked cap," from adjectival form of csáko "peak, projecting point of a cow's horn," which some European etymologists derive from German zacken "point, spike," but which Hungarian sources regard as of unknown origin.

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