- a small cap, akin to the biretta, worn in the Middle Ages by soldiers and ecclesiastics.
Origin of barret
1820–30; < French barrette, Middle French < dialectal Italian barretta (Italian berretta) biretta
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Examples from the Web for barret
What,” asked Barret, “would become of the town, if all men thought as you do?
“Here, let me look,” said Barret, taking the note from the boy.
Willie, moreover, said he would go and consult his friend Barret about it.
“Perhaps you are right,” said Barret, smoking harder than ever.
“He is an old schoolfellow of mine,” said Barret in a low voice.
- a small flat cap resembling a biretta
C19: from French barrette, from Italian berretta biretta; compare beret
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Word Origin and History for barret
type of flat cap, 1828, from French barrette, cognate with Spanish birreta, Italian beretta (see biretta).
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