picture hat

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noun

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

Historical Examples of picture hat

  • She put on her picture-hat carefully with sixteen pins in it, and went away.

  • He was a plain man, and he stood in considerable awe of the picture-hat and its wearer.

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • 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.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • She no longer wore the picture-hat, and Rutherford, looking at her, came to the conclusion that the change was an improvement.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse


British Dictionary definitions for picture hat

picture hat

noun

a decorated hat with a very wide brim, esp as worn by women in paintings by Gainsborough and Reynolds
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