- a fine, hand-plaited hat made from select leaves of the jipijapa plant
- any similar straw hat
Origin of Panamaafter Panama (the city), once a main distribution center for the hats, which are made in Ecuador
In full Panama hat
- country in Central America, on the Isthmus of Panama: formerly a part of Colombia, it became independent in 1903: 30,193 sq mi (78,200 sq km)
- its capital: seaport on the Gulf of Panama
- arm of the Pacific, on the S coast of Panama: c. 115 mi (185 km) wide
- strip of land connecting South America & Central America: 31 mi (50 km) wide at its narrowest point
Origin of Panama; from American Spanish Panamá ; from native Indian; Indic word
- A country of southeast Central America. The region was inhabited by a variety of Indian peoples when Columbus landed on its Caribbean coast in 1502. In 1513 Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama to reach the Pacific Ocean. Controlled by Spain until 1821, the area then became part of Colombia. Eager for a canal across the isthmus, the United States supported a revolution leading to Panamanian independence in 1903. Panama is the capital.
- also Panama City The capital and largest city of Panama, in the central part of the country on the Gulf of Panama. The original city was founded in 1519, destroyed in 1671, and rebuilt a short distance away in 1673.
- A country in Central America, the Republic of Panama.
- A Panama hat.
Probably from GuaranÃ, an unknown word traditionally said to mean "place of many fish."