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fedora

[fi-dawr-uh, -dohr-uh]
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noun
  1. a soft felt hat with a curled brim, worn with the crown creased lengthwise.
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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

fedora

noun
  1. a soft felt or velvet medium-brimmed hat, usually with a band
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Word Origin

C19: allegedly named after Fédora (1882), play by French dramatist Victorien Sardou (1831–1908)
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Word Origin and History for fedora

n.

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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