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shovel hat

a hat with a broad brim turned up at the sides and projecting with a shovellike curve in front and behind; worn by some ecclesiastics, chiefly in England.
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shovel-hatted, adjective Unabridged
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  • The shadow of the shovel-hat at that very instant fell on a moonlit tomb.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • The son having a shovel-hat, of course the Father could not be left behind.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald Edward FitzGerald
  • A picturesque grey-headed and grey-bearded old Jew, in a shovel-hat and gaberdine.'

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • In the background you notice a priest with a shovel-hat, sitting sideways on a donkey.

    Frank's Campaign Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Occasionally a priest in shovel-hat and black cassock—but these were very rare.

  • And taking his shovel-hat that was lying on the floor, and concealing the sword under his robes, he passed out of the door.

    The Grandee Armando Palacio Valds
  • What were his apron and knee-breeches and shovel-hat but theatrical properties to impress and over-awe the vulgar?

  • He of the shovel-hat, again, who comes forward professing that he will save my soul.

  • An Irish bishop is a sinister intruder only when he does not wear the shovel-hat and apron of the Episcopalian minority.

    The Sacred Egoism of Sinn Fein Gnathai Gan Iarraidh
  • Padre Ignatius, in his rusty black cassock, advanced, holding his shovel-hat clasped to his breast.

British Dictionary definitions for shovel-hat

shovel hat

a black felt hat worn by some clergymen, with a brim rolled up to resemble a shovel in shape
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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