[som-brair-oh; Spanish sawm-bre-raw]
noun, plural sombreros [som-brair-ohz; Spanish sawm-bre-raws] .
a broad-brimmed hat of straw or felt, usually tall-crowned, worn especially in Spain, Mexico, and the southwestern U.S.

1590–1600; < Spanish: hat, derivative of sombra shade; see somber

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sombrero (sɒmˈbrɛərəʊ)
n , pl -ros
a felt or straw hat with a wide brim, as worn by men in Mexico
[C16: from Spanish, from sombrero de sol shade from the sun]

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Word Origin & History

1770, from Sp. sombrero "broad-brimmed hat," originally "umbrella or parasol" (1598), from sombra "shade," from L.L. subumbrare (see somber).
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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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He is on a horse, wears a cream-colored sombrero and carries his guns openly at the hip instead of in a shoulder holster.
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