hat


hat
hatless, adj.hatlessness, n.hatlike, adj.
/hat/, n., v., hatted, hatting.
n.
1. a shaped covering for the head, usually with a crown and brim, esp. for wear outdoors.
2. Rom. Cath. Ch.
a. the distinctive head covering of a cardinal.
b. the office or dignity of a cardinal. Cf. red hat.
3. hat in hand, humbly; respectfully: He approached the boss, hat in hand.
4. pass the hat, to ask for contributions of money, as for charity; take up a collection: The lodge members passed the hat to send underprivileged children to summer camp.
5. take off one's hat to, to express high regard for; praise: We took off our hats to their courage and daring.
6. talk through one's hat, to speak without knowing the facts; make unsupported or incorrect statements: He is talking through his hat when he says he'll make the team.
7. throw or toss one's hat in or into the ring, to become a participant in a contest, esp. to declare one's candidacy for political office: His friends are urging him to throw his hat in the ring.
8. under one's hat, confidential; private; secret: I'll tell you the real story, but keep it under your hat.
9. wear two or several hats, to function in more than one capacity; fill two or more positions: He wears two hats, serving as the company's comptroller as well as its chief executive officer.
v.t.
10. to provide with a hat; put a hat on.
[bef. 900; ME; OE haett; c. ON hottr hood; akin to HOOD1]

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Head covering of any of various styles, used for warmth, fashion, or religious or ceremonial purposes, when it often symbolizes the office or rank of the wearer.

In the West, through the Middle Ages, men wore hats in the form of caps or hoods, and women wore veils, hoods, or head draperies. The silk top hat originated in Florence с 1760. The derby (bowler) was introduced in 1850. The cloth cap with visor was for decades the international standard for workingmen and boys. Women's hats went through periods of astonishing ostentation, the last being the years preceding World War I. Since с 1960 the wearing of hats by both men and women has greatly declined in the West. With 15th-century origins, the broad-brimmed sombrero is still popular in Mexico and parts of Latin America. The people of East Asia have devised head coverings as simple as the Chinese coolie hat, a one-piece flattened cone, and as elaborate and decorative as the Japanese cap-shaped kammuri of black lacquered silk decorated with an upright streamer and imperial chrysanthemum crest. In India the Gandhi cap, fez, and turban are in general use. In regions where the Ottoman Empire ruled (including the Balkans and North Africa), the traditional headgear of the fez and tarboosh remained popular for men until the 20th century. Farther east, from Iran to South Asia (as well as in parts of coastal Arabia), various types of turbans have been worn by men. In the Arabian interior, the Levant, and parts of Syria and Iraq, the kaffiyeh (sometimes called a ghuṭrah), a wide cloth held in place by a camel-hair cord (ʽiqāl), remains customary, even for men sporting Western attire. In Israel the yarmulke is common, particularly among observant Jews.

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 any of various styles of head covering. Hats may serve protective functions but often signify the wearer's sensibility to fashion or serve ceremonial functions, as when symbolizing the office or rank of the wearer.

      Hats of plant fibres are associated with the ancient rural traditions of Europe and Anatolia. An early statue of Mercury shows his hat to be of finely plaited straw. Artisans of classical Athens and Rome (ancient Rome) usually wore conical caps with egg-shaped crowns made of felt. The material that protruded under the band evolved into a brim. In Rome this cap was a badge of the plebeian class; a slave being freed was presented with such a cap. Men of the upper classes usually went hatless except in bad weather or when hunting or traveling. The emperor Augustus Caesar (Augustus), in his old age, set a new fashion by never going out without a hat.

      In Egypt, caps and simple kerchiefs were worn over the head and brow, falling in a drape to the shoulders. Wigs (wig) of human hair or sheep's wool were also worn as protection from the sun. Helmet caps were ornamented with symbols of rank: the asp for kingly power, the feather for sovereignty.

 In the early medieval era, city people wore hats usually made of cloth, such as the chaperon, a loose hood for both men and women. Throughout the Middle Ages, women of all classes wore veils or draperies hiding the hair and framing the face. During the 15th century, women's hats showed increasing elaboration. The hennin, or steeple headdress, was fashionable in France and Flanders between 1460 and 1480. Women also wore the turban and the so-called butterfly headdress of transparent gauze raised above the head by means of long pins.

 During the 16th century the hood became popular for women. In the 17th century, Europeans wore hats indoors as well as out. Two main types of hats predominated among men in the 17th and 18th centuries. One was a low-crowned hat with a broad brim that was turned up, or cocked, on three sides (the tricorne) or two sides (the bicorne). This type was favoured by aristocrats, cavaliers, and gallants. The other type was a stiff, high-crowned, round hat that was worn by Dutch burghers and by English and American Puritans (Puritanism), among others. European and American women in the 18th century sometimes wore the calash, a great bonnet that resembled the extension top of a calèche, or French carriage.

      About 1760 the silk top hat originated in Florence, appearing in England in 1810. This stiff, round hat with a cylindrical crown replaced the tricorne as the standard attire for gentlemen after the French Revolution. Soon other types of hats were adopted by the expanding middle classes. The bowler, named for the London hatter who invented it and known as a derby in the United States, was introduced in 1850. Cloth caps with visors became standard attire for workingmen and boys. During the last quarter of the century, the soft felt hat became popular in the United States. In much of the West, men and women largely ceased wearing hats in the 1960s, and hairstyles became more important.

 In India the so-called Gandhi cap (a type frequently seen on Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru (Nehru, Jawaharlal)), the fez, and variously styled turbans (turban) are in general use. In Latin America and in the southwestern United States, the sombrero—a high-crowned hat of felt or straw with a wide brim rolled up at the edges—is popular. An adaptation with a smaller brim, usually fashioned of beaver felt to repel rain or plant fibres to protect from the sun, is known as a 10-gallon hat.

 A myriad of other styles of headgear have been developed as well, ranging from the many kinds of straw hats worn worldwide by people who work outdoors; those made of palm fronds, banana leaves, or other fibres and worn in the tropics and in temperate rainforests; hats and hoods of heavy fur or leather in the Arctic; and a wide variety of crowns and other regalia.
 

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Universalium. 2010.

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