[ trahy-kawrn ]

  1. having three horns or hornlike projections; three-cornered.

  1. Also tricorne. a hat with the brim turned up on three sides.

Origin of tricorn

1750–60; <Latin tricornis having three horns, equivalent to tri-tri- + corn(ū) horn + -is adj. suffix

Words Nearby tricorn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use tricorn in a sentence

  • And he swept his tricorn hat off his close-clipped white head.

    The Wolf Cub | Patrick Casey
  • Vigorously the old sergeant nodded his polished tricorn hat.

    The Wolf Cub | Patrick Casey
  • A tricorn trimmed with gold lace was set at a rakish angle over a wig of white curls that dropped down to his waist.

    The Adventures of Pinocchio | C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini
  • From his tricorn hat still hung down, behind his head, a sun shield of white linen cloth.

    The Wolf Cub | Patrick Casey

British Dictionary definitions for tricorn


/ (ˈtraɪˌkɔːn) /

nounAlso: tricorne
  1. a cocked hat with opposing brims turned back and caught in three places

  2. an imaginary animal having three horns

adjectiveAlso: tricornered
  1. having three horns or corners

Origin of tricorn

C18: from Latin tricornis, from tri- + cornu horn

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