a soft, visorless cap with a close-fitting headband and a wide, round top often with a tab at its center.

1820–30; < French < Gascon berret, OPr. ber(r)et. See biretta

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beret (ˈbɛreɪ)
a round close-fitting brimless cap of soft wool material or felt
[C19: from French béret, from Old Provençal berret, from Medieval Latin birrettum cap; see biretta]

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Word Origin & History

1827, from Fr. béret (dialect of Béarn), 19c., from Old Gascon berret "cap," from M.L. birretum, dim. of L.L. birrus "a large hooded cloak." The round, flat cap originally was worn by Basque peasants.
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Every few years the beret resurfaces as the head covering of choice.
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  into tiny pair of lederhosen.
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