[ sha-poh; French sha-poh ]
/ ʃæˈpoʊ; French ʃaˈpoʊ /

noun, plural cha·peaux [sha-pohz; French sha-poh] /ʃæˈpoʊz; French ʃaˈpoʊ/, cha·peaus.

a hat.
  1. a representation of a low-crowned hat with a turned-up brim, usually of a different tincture, used either as a charge or as part of a crest.
  2. a cap depicted within a representation of a crown or coronet.

Nearby words

  1. chaparral lily,
  2. chaparral pea,
  3. chapati,
  4. chapbook,
  5. chape,
  6. chapeau bras,
  7. chapel,
  8. chapel de fer,
  9. chapel hill,
  10. chapel of ease

Origin of chapeau

1515–25; < French; Old French chapel wreath, hat < Late Latin cappellus hood, hat, equivalent to capp(a) (see cap1) + -ellus diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chapeau


/ (ˈʃæpəʊ, French ʃapo) /

noun plural -peaux (-pəʊ, -pəʊz, French -po) or -peaus

a hat

Word Origin for chapeau

C16: from French, from Late Latin cappellus hood, from cappa cap

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Word Origin and History for chapeau



1520s, from Middle French chapeau (Old French capel, 12c.) "hat," from Vulgar Latin *cappellus, from Late Latin capellum (also source of Italian cappello, Spanish capelo, Portuguese chapeo), diminutive of cappa (see cap (n.)).

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