of or relating to polite or fashionable society.
Origin of top-hat
First recorded in 1890–95;
adj. use of top hat
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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Related Words for top-hattopper
Examples from the Web for top-hat
Historical Examples of top-hat
It was a top-hat of some strange, hard material brightly glazed.
What I want to know is whether it's a top-hat affair or not?
A youth so knocked off his top-hat that he recovered it with difficulty.
A lean old man with kid gloves and a top-hat entered the shop.
He was too careful of his dignity, too certain of his top-hat.
British Dictionary definitions for top-hat
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
also tophat, 1875, from top (n.1) + hat.
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