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[som-brair-oh; Spanish sawm-bre-raw] /sɒmˈbrɛər oʊ; Spanish sɔmˈbrɛ rɔ/
noun, plural sombreros
[som-brair-ohz; Spanish sawm-bre-raws] /sɒmˈbrɛər oʊz; Spanish sɔmˈbrɛ rɔs/ (Show IPA)
a broad-brimmed hat of straw or felt, usually tall-crowned, worn especially in Spain, Mexico, and the southwestern U.S.
Origin of sombrero
1590-1600; < Spanish: hat, derivative of sombra shade; see somber
Related forms
sombreroed, adjective Unabridged
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  • The tree gave a pleasant shade, and he had thrown his sombrero on a chair.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • The straight, black hair under the sombrero was touched with gray.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • He entered smiling, removing his sombrero with his customary flourish.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • He raised his right hand to his mouth and then to the brim of his sombrero.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • Lennon frowned as he pictured the hole through the crown of his sombrero.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • And, with a wave of his sombrero, Poke Stover rode off as rapidly as he had come.

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for sombrero


noun (pl) -ros
a felt or straw hat with a wide brim, as worn by men in Mexico
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, from sombrero de sol shade from the sun
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Word Origin and History for sombrero

1770, from Spanish sombrero "broad-brimmed hat," originally "umbrella, parasol" (a sense found in English 1590s), from sombra "shade," from Late Latin subumbrare (see somber).

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