ten-gallon hat

[ten-gal-uh n]


a broad-brimmed hat with a high crown, worn especially in the western and southwestern U.S.; cowboy hat.

Compare sombrero.

Origin of ten-gallon hat

1925–30; said to be < Spanish galón braid, galloon (rows of which were wrapped above the brim)
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British Dictionary definitions for ten-gallon hat

ten-gallon hat


(in the US and Canada) a cowboy's broad-brimmed felt hat with a very high crown

Word Origin for ten-gallon hat

C20: so called because of its large size
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