Fedora definition

fĭ-dôrə
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A soft felt hat with a fairly low crown creased lengthwise and a brim that can be turned up or down.
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A man's soft felt hat with the crown creased lengthwise and a somewhat curved brim.
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A felt hat with a fairly low, creased crown with a brim that can be turned up or down.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fedora
Plural:
fedoras

Origin of fedora

  • From Fédora a play by French dramatist Victorien Sardou (1831–1908), in which Sarah Bernhardt wore a hat similar to a fedora when playing the title role

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • This word comes from a 19th century play by Victorien Sardou titled "Fédora". The heroine, Fédora Romanoff, wore a center-creased, soft brimmed hat. The name comes from the Russian Федора (Fedóra), feminine form of Фёдор (Fjód), from Ancient Greek Θεόδωρος (Theodoros, “gift of god”), derived from θεός (theos, “god”) and δῶρον (doron, “gift”)

    From Wiktionary