[fi-dawr-uh, -dohr-uh]
a soft felt hat with a curled brim, worn with the crown creased lengthwise.

1885–90, Americanism; said to be named after Fédora, play by Victorien Sardou (1831–1908)

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fedora (fɪˈdɔːrə)
a soft felt or velvet medium-brimmed hat, usually with a band
[C19: allegedly named after Fédora (1882), play by French dramatist Victorien Sardou (1831--1908)]

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Word Origin & History

1895, Amer.Eng. (in a Montgomery Ward catalogue), from "Fédora," a popular play by Victorien Sardou (1831-1908) that opened 1882, in which the heroine, a Rus. princess named Fédora Romanoff, was originally performed by Sarah Bernhardt. During the play, Bernhardt, a notorious cross-dresser,
wore a center-creased, soft brimmed hat. Womens-rights activists adopted the fashion. Men began to wear them with city clothes after 1924, led by Britain's Prince Edward (Edward VIII), the most influential man of fashion in his day. The fem. proper name is Rus. fem. of Fedor, from Gk. Theodoros, lit. "gift of god," from theos "god" + doron "gift."
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