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[tril-bee] /ˈtrɪl bi/
noun, plural trilbies. Chiefly British.
a hat of soft felt with an indented crown.
Also called trilby hat.
Origin of trilby
1895-1900; short for Trilby hat, after the hat worn by a character in an illustration for the novel Trilby (1894) by George du Maurier Unabridged
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noun (pl) -bies
(mainly Brit) a man's soft felt hat with an indented crown
(pl) (slang) feet
Word Origin
C19: named after Trilby, the heroine of a dramatized novel (1893) of that title by George du Maurier
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for trilby

type of hat, 1897, from name of Trilby O'Ferrall, eponymous heroine of the novel by George du Maurier (1834-1896), published in 1894. In the stage version of the novel, the character wore this type of soft felt hat. In plural, also slang for "feet" (1895), in reference to the eroticism attached to the heroine's bare feet.

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