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Red Hats

noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
the original sect of Tibetan Buddhist monks, whose doctrines were much influenced by the earlier Bön religion.
Compare Yellow Hats.

red hat

noun
1.
the broad-brimmed official hat of a Roman Catholic cardinal, symbolic of the office or rank of a cardinal.
2.
a cardinal.
Also called scarlet hat.
Origin of red hat
1590-1600
1590-1600
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Historical Examples
  • It was thrown open by a score of Red Hats, who at that moment appeared entering the street.

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • The Hun, as the Red Hats loved to call the foe, would also play the game.

    The Challenge of the Dead Stephen Graham
  • Not till then had I the slightest suspicion of what the Red Hats were after.

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • They were known to our soldiers as the “Red Hats”—the phrase not unfrequently coupled with a rude adjunctive.

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • Does the expression refer to any established use of such chairs by the wearers of "Red Hats?"

  • Considering the character of the times—and that Red Hats were in the Alameda—the last was the most likely.

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • The demand that existed in Medicine Bend for Red Hats of the picture sort Marion declined to recognize.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • On espying the Red Hats they retreated in the opposite direction—going off even faster than they had been following me!

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • This brought a loud cackle from under one of the Red Hats in the front row.

British Dictionary definitions for Red Hats

red hat

noun
1.
the broad-brimmed crimson hat given to cardinals as the symbol of their rank and office
2.
the rank and office of a cardinal
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