a person or thing that fascinates.
a scarf of crochet work, lace, or the like, narrowing toward the ends, worn as a head covering by women.

Origin of fascinator

From Late Latin, dating back to 1740–50; see origin at fascinate, -tor
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Examples from the Web for fascinator

Historical Examples of fascinator

  • She had put on her fascinator hood, but her hands and wrists were bare.

    A Spoil of Office

    Hamlin Garland

  • Miss Lydia shook her head, blushing as she untied her "fascinator."

    The Battle Ground

    Ellen Glasgow

  • The boss unbent to a surprising degree, Mrs. Stockbridge was most cordial, and the daughter proved to be a fascinator.


    Lawton Mackall

  • His razor-mind was reincarnated a century later as the fascinator of nations—M. Dupin.

  • Mrs. Harsanyi took her into her own room and helped her take off her country "fascinator" and her clumsy plush cape.

    Song of the Lark

    Willa Cather

British Dictionary definitions for fascinator



a lightweight, decorative head covering worn by women on formal occasions
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