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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

  • Now what do you say: I have two chapeaux d'uniforme, if you please!

    The Secret of Charlotte Bront

    Frederika Macdonald

  • However, it is only just to say that the chapeaux of Joseph Thorndyke were unique.

  • Their swords and chapeaux, which they had thrown under a tree, formed such a picturesque heap!

    Pencil Sketches

    Eliza Leslie

  • John,” said the woman with nine chapeaux, “I got another new hat to-day.

  • Of the chapeaux upon which crests are represented in the early Garter plates the following facts may be observed.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

British Dictionary definitions for chapeaux


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 chapeaux



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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