ten-gallon hatten-gal·lon hat
Origin of ten-gallon hatPerhaps from Spanish galón braid, galloon (wrapped in rows above the brim) from French galon ; see galloon .
(plural ten-gallon hats)
- A large cowboy hat, not holding ten gallons like the name would suggest but usually around three quarts.
Not certain. An earlier form without the number, gallon hat, comes by folk etymology from the Spanish galÃ³n ('braid'). It may also be a hyperbolic reference to the size of the hat, or a combination of the two.