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red hat

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  1. the broad-brimmed official hat of a Roman Catholic cardinal, symbolic of the office or rank of a cardinal.
  2. a cardinal.
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Origin of red hat

First recorded in 1590–1600
Also called scarlet hat.
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British Dictionary definitions for red hat

red hat

  1. the broad-brimmed crimson hat given to cardinals as the symbol of their rank and office
  2. the rank and office of a cardinal
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