[ fi-dawr-uh, -dohr-uh ]
/ fɪˈdɔr ə, -ˈdoʊr ə /


a soft felt hat with a curled brim, worn with the crown creased lengthwise.

Nearby words

  1. federer,
  2. fedex,
  3. fedin,
  4. fedin, konstantin aleksandrovich,
  5. fedn.,
  6. fee,
  7. fee simple,
  8. fee tail,
  9. fee-for-service,
  10. fee-splitting

Origin of fedora

1885–90, Americanism; said to be named after Fédora, play by Victorien Sardou (1831–1908)

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British Dictionary definitions for fedora


/ (fɪˈdɔːrə) /


a soft felt or velvet medium-brimmed hat, usually with a band

Word Origin for fedora

C19: allegedly named after Fédora (1882), play by French dramatist Victorien Sardou (1831–1908)

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Word Origin and History for fedora



1887, American English, from "Fédora," a popular play by Victorien Sardou (1831-1908) that opened 1882, in which the heroine, a Russian princess named Fédora Romanoff, originally was performed by Sarah Bernhardt. During the play, Bernhardt, a notorious cross-dresser, wore a center-creased, soft brimmed hat. Women's-rights activists adopted the fashion. The proper name is Russian fem. of Fedor, from Greek Theodoros, literally "gift of god," from theos "god" + doron "gift" (see date (n.1)).

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