- a broad-brimmed hat worn by ancient Greek travelers and hunters, often represented in art as a winged hat worn by Hermes or Mercury.
Also pet·a·sos [pet-uh-suh s, -sos] /ˈpɛt ə səs, -ˌsɒs/.
Origin of petasus
1590–1600; < Latin < Greek pétasos, akin to petannýnai to spread out
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Examples from the Web for petasos
A boy emerging into manhood leaves his petasos and strigil and chlamys to Hermes, the god of games.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol II of 2)
John Addington Symonds
Another kind of cradle, in the form of a shoe, is shown containing the infant Hermes, recognizable by his petasos.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
No. 53, a figure wearing a petasos, does not appear in the plate of Michaelis.
One of these (No. 17) wears the petasos, a flapping, broad-brimmed hat used by travellers.
Youthful beardless head wearing a petasos and looking to the right.
petasos (ˈpɛtəsəs, -ˌsɒs)
- a broad-brimmed hat worn by the ancient Greeks, such as one with wings on either side as traditionally worn by Mercury
C16: via Latin from Greek petasos