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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 of top hat
1800-1810
1800-10

top-hat

[top-hat] /ˈtɒpˈhæt/
adjective
1.
of or relating to polite or fashionable society.
Origin
1890-95; adj. use of top hat
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  • A "top hat" goes spinning out into the roadway, and a fan flies through the midst of the glare.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • "Good morning, gentlemen," he said, with a flourish of his top hat.

    The Daffodil Mystery Edgar Wallace
  • Why would a carrier force be so top hat as not to come in and get us, I'd like to know?

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • The days are long gone by when he said he wanted a bicycle, a top hat, and a pipe.

    The Children Alice Meynell
  • His top hat was unmistakably French, with a flat rim, and his boots were of patent leather.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • A lot of chaps and girls there was on the bank laughed at my shirt-sleeves and top hat.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • But if a gentleman puts on a top hat and a frock-coat, and then goes about on his hands and knees—well, he may attract attention.

    The Man Who Was Thursday G. K. Chesterton
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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