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[sha-poh; French sha-poh]
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noun, plural cha·peaux [sha-pohz; French sha-poh] /ʃæˈpoʊz; French ʃaˈpoʊ/, cha·peaus.
  1. a hat.
  2. Heraldry.
    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.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • He was dressed in white satin, with a black mantle and chapeau.

    Henry IV, Makers of History

    John S. C. Abbott

  • Crest: On a chapeau azure, turned up erm., a boar passant or.

    Shakespeare's Family

    Mrs. C. C. Stopes

  • The Black Prince's helmet with chapeau and crest is also preserved at Canterbury.

  • The "Chapeau Rouge" was well reported on, and there we lunched.

  • She flung on her habit, and held her hand out for her chapeau.

    Stage Confidences

    Clara Morris

British Dictionary definitions for chapeau


noun plural -peaux (-pəʊ, -pəʊz, French -po) or -peaus
  1. a hat
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Word Origin

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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