top hat

noun
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:
1800–10

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top-hat

[top-hat]
adjective
of or pertaining to polite or fashionable society.

Origin:
1890–95; adj. use of top hat

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top hat
 
n
Also called: high hat a man's hat with a tall cylindrical crown and narrow brim, often made of silk, now worn for some formal occasions

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Example sentences
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.
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