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[sha-poh; French sha-poh] /ʃæˈpoʊ; French ʃaˈpoʊ/
noun, plural chapeaux
[sha-pohz; French sha-poh] /ʃæˈpoʊz; French ʃaˈpoʊ/ (Show IPA),
a hat.
  1. a representation of a low-crowned hat with a turned-up brim, usually of a different tincture, used either as a charge or as part of a crest.
  2. a cap depicted within a representation of a crown or coronet.
Origin of chapeau
1515-25; < French; Old French chapel wreath, hat < Late Latin cappellus hood, hat, equivalent to capp(a) (see cap1) + -ellus diminutive suffix Unabridged
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  • Don your cultural chapeau while still going for full fashion immersion with a handful of local exhibitions celebrating couture.
  • He was six feet tall, while the addition of an immense paper chapeau did not detract from his high and imposing appearance.
British Dictionary definitions for chapeau


/ˈʃæpəʊ; French ʃapo/
noun (pl) -peaux (-pəʊ; -pəʊz; French) (-po), -peaus
a hat
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Late Latin cappellus hood, from cappacap
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Word Origin and History for chapeau

1520s, from Middle French chapeau (Old French capel, 12c.) "hat," from Vulgar Latin *cappellus, from Late Latin capellum (also source of Italian cappello, Spanish capelo, Portuguese chapeo), diminutive of cappa (see cap (n.)).

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