[som-brair-oh; Spanish sawm-bre-raw]

noun, plural som·bre·ros [som-brair-ohz; Spanish sawm-bre-raws] /sɒmˈbrɛər oʊz; Spanish sɔmˈbrɛ rɔs/.

a broad-brimmed hat of straw or felt, usually tall-crowned, worn especially in Spain, Mexico, and the southwestern U.S.

Origin of sombrero

1590–1600; < Spanish: hat, derivative of sombra shade; see somber
Related formssom·bre·roed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sombrero

Contemporary Examples of sombrero

Historical Examples of sombrero

  • The tree gave a pleasant shade, and he had thrown his sombrero on a chair.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • The straight, black hair under the sombrero was touched with gray.

  • He entered smiling, removing his sombrero with his customary flourish.

  • He raised his right hand to his mouth and then to the brim of his sombrero.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts

  • Lennon frowned as he pictured the hole through the crown of his sombrero.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

British Dictionary definitions for sombrero


noun plural -ros

a felt or straw hat with a wide brim, as worn by men in Mexico

Word Origin for sombrero

C16: from Spanish, from sombrero de sol shade from the sun
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Word Origin and History for sombrero

1770, from Spanish sombrero "broad-brimmed hat," originally "umbrella, parasol" (a sense found in English 1590s), from sombra "shade," from Late Latin subumbrare (see somber).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper