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sombrero

[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)
1.
a broad-brimmed hat of straw or felt, usually tall-crowned, worn especially in Spain, Mexico, and the southwestern U.S.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Spanish: hat, derivative of sombra shade; see somber
Related forms
sombreroed, adjective
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  • Some spiral galaxies obtain even more interesting shapes that earn them descriptive names, such as sombrero galaxies.
  • He is on a horse, wears a cream-colored sombrero and carries his guns openly at the hip instead of in a shoulder holster.
British Dictionary definitions for sombrero

sombrero

/sɒmˈbrɛərəʊ/
noun (pl) -ros
1.
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
n.

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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Encyclopedia Article for sombrero

broad-brimmed, high-crowned hat made of felt or straw, worn especially in Spain, Mexico, and the southwestern United States. The sombrero, its name derived from the Spanish word sombra, meaning "shade," first appeared in the 15th century. Gentlemen often wore tan, white, or gray felt sombreros, while the peasants wore straw.

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