Origin of high hat
First recorded in 1885–90
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- a variant spelling of high-hat (def. 4)
- another name for top hat
Word Origin and History for hi-hat
1889, "tall hat;" also used synechdochically for men who wear such hats; figurative meaning "swelled head" is from 1923. Drum set sense is from 1934.
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