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picture hat

a woman's hat having a very broad, flexible brim, often decorated with feathers, flowers, or the like.
Origin of picture hat
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She wore a new gown, fawn-colour and violet, with a picture-hat, very taking.

    Fisherman's Luck Henry van Dyke
  • He was a plain man, and he stood in considerable awe of the picture-hat and its wearer.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • She put on her picture-hat carefully with sixteen pins in it, and went away.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • She wore a picture-hat and a costume the keynote of which was a certain aggressive attractiveness.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • At least it would astonish the salmon, for it looked like a last season's picture-hat, very much the worse for wear.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • Barbara glanced at his thoughtful, strong face from under the edge of her picture-hat, which slyly she had rearranged.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • She no longer wore the picture-hat, and Rutherford, looking at her, came to the conclusion that the change was an improvement.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for picture-hat

picture hat

a decorated hat with a very wide brim, esp as worn by women in paintings by Gainsborough and Reynolds
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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