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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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  • Outside in the aisle stood a man with a silk hat in his hand.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • The impression was heightened by his frock coat and silk hat.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • Mr. Phillips entered the kitchen, removing his silk hat at the threshold.

    Fair Harbor

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

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Kyan removed the silk hat and inspected its limp grandeur ruefully.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The gentleman took off his silk hat and mopped his forehead.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • He lifted his silk hat and walked away, humming a little tune.


    Dorothy Whitehill
  • On such occasions he was scrupulous in assuming a frock-coat and a silk hat.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
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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