[ tril-bee ]

noun,plural tril·bies.Chiefly British.
  1. a hat of soft felt with an indented crown.

Origin of trilby

1895–1900; short for Trilby hat, after the hat worn by a character in an illustration for the novel Trilby (1894) by George du Maurier
  • Also called trilby hat .

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

How to use trilby in a sentence

  • He stood there with his grey trilby in his hand and his tailor-made deltoids almost filling the aperture of the doorway.

    Gray youth | Oliver Onions
  • Now, Mrs. Petticoat, this line extending from the Mount of trilby to the outer side of the sole is the life line.

    Ptomaine Street | Carolyn Wells
  • And the joke is that I thanked another man for the gift of trilby, and the beast never let on.

  • And I wrote a two and one-half column review of trilby to please him.

  • "trilby" is assaulted by the united comstockery of a dozen cities, and "The Yoke" somehow escapes.

    A Book of Prefaces | H. L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for trilby


/ (ˈtrɪlbɪ) /

nounplural -bies
  1. mainly British a man's soft felt hat with an indented crown

  2. (plural) slang feet

Origin of trilby

C19: named after Trilby, the heroine of a dramatized novel (1893) of that title by George du Maurier

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