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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
1590-1600
1590-1600
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British Dictionary definitions for red-hat

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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