noun, plural pet·a·sus·es.
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
Historical Examples of petasos
A boy emerging into manhood leaves his petasos and strigil and chlamys to Hermes, the god of games.
Another kind of cradle, in the form of a shoe, is shown containing the infant Hermes, recognizable by his petasos.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for petasos
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
Word Origin for petasus
C16: via Latin from Greek petasos
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