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.
English used to have gendered nouns?! Yes!If you speak another language like Spanish or German, you are familiar with grammatical gender. In Romance languages (and many others), nouns have a gender. In French, a chair is la chaise, a feminine noun, and a hat is le chapeau, a masculine noun. But did you know that English used to have gendered nouns too? (We were recently inspired to write about grammatical gender …
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Origin of chapeau bras
1755–65; < French: arm hat
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