a band or ribbon placed about the crown of a hat, just above the brim.
a black band similarly worn as a sign of mourning.

Origin of hatband

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at hat, band2
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Examples from the Web for hatband

Historical Examples of hatband

  • "The fellow has got a letter, Sir; he has stuck it in his hatband," said Mr. Crab.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • He took off the Homburg, took his handkerchief from his breast pocket, and wiped the hatband.


    James Benjamin Blish

  • "She's older than Dick's hatband, sir," rejoined the housekeeper promptly.


    Clara Louise Burnham

  • He withdrew it from his hatband, where he always wore it aslant like a feather.

  • His "feather" is the Traveller's Joy, his "hatband" the club-moss.

    The Dukeries

    R. Murray Gilchrist

British Dictionary definitions for hatband



a band or ribbon around the base of the crown of a hat
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