opera hat

opera hat

noun
a man's tall, collapsible top hat, held open or in shape by springs and usually covered with a black, silky fabric. Also called gibus. Compare beaver1 ( def 4 ), silk hat, top hat.

Origin:
1800–10

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opera hat
 
n
Also called: gibus a collapsible top hat operated by a spring

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