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tricorn

[trahy-kawrn]
adjective
  1. having three horns or hornlike projections; three-cornered.
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noun
  1. Also tri·corne. a hat with the brim turned up on three sides.
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Origin of tricorn

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

tricorn

noun Also: tricorne
  1. a cocked hat with opposing brims turned back and caught in three places
  2. an imaginary animal having three horns
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adjective Also: tricornered
  1. having three horns or corners
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Word Origin

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