having three horns or hornlike projections; three-cornered.


Also tri·corne. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tricorn

Contemporary Examples of tricorn

Historical Examples of tricorn

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

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

  • From his tricorn hat still hung down, behind his head, a sun shield of white linen cloth.

    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

British Dictionary definitions for tricorn


noun Also: tricorne

a cocked hat with opposing brims turned back and caught in three places
an imaginary animal having three horns

adjective Also: tricornered

having three horns or corners

Word Origin for tricorn

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