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[som-brair-oh; Spanish sawm-bre-raw] /sɒmˈbrɛər oʊ; Spanish sɔmˈbrɛ rɔ/
noun, plural sombreros
[som-brair-ohz; Spanish sawm-bre-raws] /sɒmˈbrɛər oʊz; Spanish sɔmˈbrɛ rɔs/ (Show IPA)
a broad-brimmed hat of straw or felt, usually tall-crowned, worn especially in Spain, Mexico, and the southwestern U.S.
Origin of sombrero
1590-1600; < Spanish: hat, derivative of sombra shade; see somber
Related forms
sombreroed, adjective Unabridged
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  • The sheriff's head jerked back, his sombrero fell to the ground.

  • He pulled off his sombrero and took the gauntleted hand in both of his.

    The White Mice Richard Harding Davis
  • A minute before that time Gillingham strolled casually up in sombrero and gray suit, and nodded a distant nod to him.

    Blood Royal Grant Allen
  • Hopalong started, looked at his sombrero and silently obeyed.

  • Bate Wood, however, touched his sombrero and said: "Mornin', miss."

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • He turned to Nigel as he spoke, and doffed his sombrero with a gracious bow.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for sombrero


noun (pl) -ros
a felt or straw hat with a wide brim, as worn by men in Mexico
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, from sombrero de sol shade from the sun
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Word Origin and History for sombrero

1770, from Spanish sombrero "broad-brimmed hat," originally "umbrella, parasol" (a sense found in English 1590s), from sombra "shade," from Late Latin subumbrare (see somber).

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