Ten-gallon Hat Definition
Other Word Forms of Ten-gallon Hat
Origin of Ten-gallon Hat
Not certain. An earlier form without the number, gallon hat, comes by folk etymology from the Spanish galón ('braid'). It may also be a hyperbolic reference to the size of the hat, or a combination of the two.
Perhaps from Spanish galón braid, galloon (wrapped in rows above the brim) from French galon galloon
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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