- the distinctive head covering of a cardinal.
- the office or dignity of a cardinal.Compare red hat.
verb (used with object), hat·ted, hat·ting.
Origin of hat
Examples from the Web for hat
Just another example of a guy in a John B. Stetson hat saving the day.
Stetson returned east in 1865 and created his own hat company, which produced high-quality hats made for outdoor use.
Based on the hat he had created for himself, Stetson made a version called “The Boss of the Plains.”
John B. Stetson was born in 1830 in New Jersey, the son of a hat maker.
A gifted marketer, he sent samples of the hat to merchandisers all over the West, asking for a minimum order of a dozen.
A gentleman seated on the roof appeared to recognise her—at least, he took his hat off as he passed.
His hat was jammed on to his head and had been almost smashed in the jamming.Ayala's Angel|Anthony Trollope
His hat was off before he opened the door; his comforter too.A Christmas Carol|Charles Dickens
So saying, he clapped his hat upon his head and walked out of the cabin.By order of the company|Mary Johnston
He added no more; but took his hat and sword, and went out of the room.The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless|Eliza Haywood
British Dictionary definitions for hat
- any of various head coverings, esp one with a brim and a shaped crown
- (in combination)hatrack
- my word! my goodness!
- as if by magic
- at random
- to talk foolishly
- to deceive or bluff
verb hats, hatting or hatted
Word Origin for hat
Word Origin and History for hat
Old English hæt "hat, head covering," from Proto-Germanic *hattuz "hood, cowl" (cf. Frisian hat, Old Norse hattr), from PIE root *kadh- "cover, protect" (cf. Lithuanian kudas "tuft or crest of a bird," Latin cassis "helmet"). Now, "head covering with a more or less horizontal brim." To throw one's hat in the ring was originally (1847) to take up a challenge in prize-fighting. To eat one's hat is said to have been originally To eat Old Rowley's [Charles II's] hat.
Idioms and Phrases with hat
In addition to the idioms beginning with hat
- hate someone's guts
- hat in hand
- hat in the ring
- hats off to
- hat trick
- at the drop of a hat
- brass hat
- eat one's hat
- hang on to your hat
- hang up (one's hat)
- hard hat
- hats off to
- keep under one's hat
- knock into a cocked hat
- pass the hat
- pull out of a hat
- take one's hat off to
- talk through one's hat
- throw one's hat in the ring
- wear another hat
Also see undercap.