- The definition of a hat is a covering for the head, or someone's role in a job or in life.
- An example of a hat is a fedora.
- An example of a hat is the role of teacher.
This is one style of hat. It is called a fedora
- a covering for the head, usually with a brim and a crown
- any of the several titles, positions, jobs, roles, etc. that one person may have
Origin of hatMiddle English ; from Old English hætt, akin to Old Frisian hat, German hut ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kadh-, to cover, protect from source hood, heed, Classical Latin cassis, helmet
hat in hand
pass the hat☆
take one's hat off to
talk through one's hat☆
throw one's hat into the ring
under one's hat☆
- A covering for the head, especially one with a shaped crown and brim.
- a. A head covering of distinctive color and shape worn as a symbol of office.b. The office symbolized by the wearing of such a head covering.
- A role or office symbolized by or as if by the wearing of different hats: wears two hats—one as parent and one as corporate executive.
transitive verbhat·ted, hat·ting, hats
Origin of hatMiddle English, from Old English hæt, hætt.
- A covering for the head, often in the approximate form of a cone or a cylinder closed at its top end, and sometimes having a brim and other decoration.
- (figuratively) A particular role or capacity that a person might fill.
- (figuratively) Any receptacle from which numbers/names are pulled out in a lottery.
- (figuratively, by extension) The lottery or draw itself.
- We're both in the hat: let's hope we come up against each other.
- (video games) A hat switch.
- (typography, nonstandard, rare) = háček
From Middle English hat, from Old English hæt, hætt (“head-covering, hat”), from Proto-Germanic *hattuz (“hat”), from Proto-Indo-European *kadʰ- (“to guard, cover, care for, protect”). Cognate with North Frisian hat (“hat”), Danish hat (“hat”), Swedish hatt (“hat”), Icelandic hattur (“hat”), Latin cassis (“helmet”), Lithuanian kudas (“bird's crest or tuft”), Avestan [script?] (xaoda, “hat”), Welsh caddu (“to provide for, ensure”). Compare also hood.