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top hat

noun
1.
a tall, cylindrical hat with a stiff brim usually slightly curved on the sides, worn by men especially on formal occasions.
Compare beaver1 (def 4), opera hat, silk hat.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10

top-hat

[top-hat] /ˈtɒpˈhæt/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to polite or fashionable society.
Origin
1890-95; adj. use of top hat
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Examples from the web for top hat
  • Forget about choosing between the top hat and the thimble.
  • His head is crowned with a top hat, his face graying and sick with nerves.
  • He seemed to have stepped from a hansom cab, missing only a top hat.
British Dictionary definitions for top hat

top hat

noun
1.
a man's hat with a tall cylindrical crown and narrow brim, often made of silk, now worn for some formal occasions Also called high hat
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Word Origin and History for top hat

top-hat

n.

also tophat, 1875, from top (n.1) + hat.

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