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[shak-oh, shey-koh]
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noun, plural shak·os or shack·os, shak·oes or shack·oes.
  1. a military cap in the form of a cylinder or truncated cone, with a visor and a plume or pompon.
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Origin of shako

1805–15; < French schako < Hungarian csákó, short for csákós (süveg) peaked (cap), adj. derivative of csák peak < Middle High German zacke peak, point; see tack1
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Historical Examples

  • It was true that I had been to blame for taking the soldier's shako, but after all, he had commenced.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • He sprang up with a loud oath, and knocked my shako off my head.

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • If I had but a frock and a shako, thought I, I could make my way.

  • The young man let fall his shako from his hand, and laid it on his sword-hilt.

  • Two of these had the number of their regiment on their shako.

British Dictionary definitions for shako



noun plural shakos, shakoes, shackos or shackoes
  1. a tall usually cylindrical military headdress, having a plume and often a peak, popular esp in the 19th century
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Word Origin

C19: via French from Hungarian csákó, from Middle High German zacke a sharp point
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Word Origin and History for shako


cylindrical soldier's hat with plume, 1815, from Hungarian csákó, short for csákós süveg "peaked cap," from adjectival form of csáko "peak, projecting point of a cow's horn," which some European etymologists derive from German zacken "point, spike," but which Hungarian sources regard as of unknown origin.

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