hat

[ hat ]
/ hæt /

noun

a shaped covering for the head, usually with a crown and brim, especially for wear outdoors.
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. the distinctive head covering of a cardinal.
  2. the office or dignity of a cardinal.Compare red hat.

verb (used with object), hat·ted, hat·ting.

to provide with a hat; put a hat on.

Idioms

Origin of hat

before 900; Middle English; Old English hætt; cognate with Old Norse hǫttr hood; akin to hood1
Related formshat·less, adjectivehat·less·ness, nounhat·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hat

hat

/ (hæt) /

noun

verb hats, hatting or hatted

(tr) to supply (a person, etc) with a hat or put a hat on (someone)
Derived Formshatless, adjectivehatlike, adjective

Word Origin for hat

Old English hætt; related to Old Norse höttr cap, Latin cassis helmet; see hood 1
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Word Origin and History for hat

hat


n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with hat

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

also see:

  • 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.

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