- a woman's hat having a very broad, flexible brim, often decorated with feathers, flowers, or the like.
Origin of picture hat
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for picture hat
She put on her picture-hat carefully with sixteen pins in it, and went away.The Celebrity at Home
He was a plain man, and he stood in considerable awe of the picture-hat and its wearer.The Helpers
She wore a new gown, fawn-colour and violet, with a picture-hat, very taking.Fisherman's Luck
Henry van Dyke
She wore a picture-hat and a costume the keynote of which was a certain aggressive attractiveness.
She no longer wore the picture-hat, and Rutherford, looking at her, came to the conclusion that the change was an improvement.
- a decorated hat with a very wide brim, esp as worn by women in paintings by Gainsborough and Reynolds