silk hat


a tall, cylindrical, black hat covered with silk plush, worn by men for formal dress.Compare beaver1(def 4), opera hat, top hat.

Origin of silk hat

First recorded in 1825–35


silk-hat·ted, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for silk hat

  • He answered: Therefore I will not attend the meeting; flock-coat and silk-hat are the thing I dislike.

  • But he wore that strange combination—not so strange west of the Mississippi—a sack-coat and a silk-hat at the same time.

    The Candidate|Joseph Alexander Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for silk hat

silk hat


a man's top hat covered with silk
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