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silk hat

a tall, cylindrical, black hat covered with silk plush, worn by men for formal dress.
Compare beaver1 (def 4), opera hat, top hat.
Origin of silk hat
First recorded in 1825-35
Related forms
silk-hatted, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • By hurrying downstairs I was able to look inside as it passed, and silk hat was alone.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • He held a silk hat in his hand, as if he had been on the point of leaving.

  • It was the Commendatore Angelelli, in light clothes and silk hat.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • On no occasion, however impressive, would he wear a silk hat.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • “Her clothes ain't as good as mine,” he said, and he thought of his best blue broadcloth suit, and his flowered vest and silk hat.

    Pembroke Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • "I wish I had that silk hat of yours," said the boy at the window.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • He opened a retail store at 259 Baltimore street, and was the first one to introduce the silk hat in this city.

    Baltimore Hats William T. Brigham
  • The impression was heightened by his frock coat and silk hat.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
British Dictionary definitions for silk hat

silk hat

a man's top hat covered with silk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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