chapeau bras

[ brah ]
/ brɑ /


a small three-cornered hat, worn by gentlemen in full dress in the 18th century, that could be folded flat and carried under the arm.

Origin of chapeau bras

1755–65; < French: arm hat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chapeau bras

  • Death habited as a modern beau, with chapeau-bras, brings his urinal to the Doctor for inspection.

    The Dance of Death|Francis Douce
  • One hand holds her Saxon green muffetee, under one arm is her chapeau-bras.

    English Costume|Dion Clayton Calthrop