trilby hat


noun, plural trilbies. Chiefly British.
a hat of soft felt with an indented crown.
Also called trilby hat.

1895–1900; short for Trilby hat, after the hat worn by a character in an illustration for the novel Trilby (1894) by George du Maurier Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
trilby (ˈtrɪlbɪ)
n , pl -bies
1.  chiefly (Brit) a man's soft felt hat with an indented crown
2.  slang (plural) feet
[C19: named after Trilby, the heroine of a dramatized novel (1893) of that title by George du Maurier]

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Word Origin & History

type of hat, 1897, in allusion to Trilby O'Ferrall, eponymous heroine of the novel by George du Maurier (1834-96), published in 1894. In the stage version of the novel, the character wore this type of soft felt hat. In plural, also slang for "feet" (1895), in allusion to the eroticism attached to the
heroine's bare feet.
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