top-hat

[ top-hat ]
/ ˈtɒpˈhæt /
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adjective

of or relating to polite or fashionable society.

Nearby words

  1. top-drawer,
  2. top-dress,
  3. top-end,
  4. top-flight,
  5. top-hamper,
  6. top-hat scheme,
  7. top-heavy,
  8. top-hole,
  9. top-level,
  10. top-notch

Origin of top-hat

First recorded in 1890–95; adj. use of top hat

top hat

noun

a tall, cylindrical hat with a stiff brim usually slightly curved on the sides, worn by men especially on formal occasions.Compare beaver1(def 4), opera hat, silk hat.

Origin of top hat

First recorded in 1800–10

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British Dictionary definitions for top-hat

top hat

noun

a man's hat with a tall cylindrical crown and narrow brim, often made of silk, now worn for some formal occasionsAlso called: high hat
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Word Origin and History for top-hat

top-hat

n.

also tophat, 1875, from top (n.1) + hat.

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