- the broad-brimmed official hat of a Roman Catholic cardinal, symbolic of the office or rank of a cardinal.
- a cardinal.
Origin of red hat
First recorded in 1590–1600
Also called scarlet hat.
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- the broad-brimmed crimson hat given to cardinals as the symbol of their rank and office
- the rank and office of a cardinal