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shaped head covering, having a brim and crown, or one of these

A hat is a headcovering. It may be worn for protection against the elements, for religious reasons, for safety or as a fashion accessory. Hats were once an indicator of social status. In the military, they denote rank and regiment.



  • The hat is the ultimatum moriens of respectability.
  • A hat should be taken off when greeting a lady, and left off the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat.
    • P. J. O'Rourke, Modern Manners: An Etiquette Book for Rude People (1983), Ch. 3.


  • Oh, Hat that cows the spirit!
    ...If any spirit be...
    First cousin to the Black Cap
    And sign of slavery!
    Funereal and horrible...
    But this at least I owe it;
    It matches to a nicety
    The Face that Sits Below It!.
    • Mervyn Peake, Ode to a Bowler, in Complete Nonsense (2011), p.30

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 355.
  • "Sye," he seyd, "be the same hatte
    I can knowe yf my wyfe be badde
    To me by eny other man;
    If my floures ouver fade or falle,
    Then doth my wyfe me wrong wyth alle
    As many a woman can."
  • So Britain's monarch once uncovered sat,
    While Bradshaw bullied in a broad-brimmed hat.
  • A hat not much the worse for wear.
  • My new straw hat that's trimly lin'd with green,
    Let Peggy wear.
    • John Gay, Shepherd's Week, Friday, line 125.
  • I know it is a sin
    For me to sit and grin
    At him here;
    But the old three-cornered hat
    And the breeches and all that
    Are so queer.
  • The Quaker loves an ample brim,
    A hat that bows to no Salaam;
    And dear the beaver is to him
    As if it never made a dam.
  • A sermon on a hat: "'The hat, my boy, the hat, whatever it may be, is in itself nothing—makes nothing, goes for nothing; but, be sure of it, everything in life depends upon the cock of the hat.' For how many men—we put it to your own experience, reader—have made their way through the thronging crowds that beset fortune, not by the innate worth and excellence of their hats, but simply, as Sampson Piebald has it, by 'the cock of their hats'? The cock's all."
  • I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life.
    • Attributed to Duke of Wellington, upon seeing the first Reformed Parliament. Sir William Fraser, in Words on Wellington (1889), p. 12, claims it for the Duke. Captain Gronow, in his Recollections, accredits it to the Duke of York, second son of George III., about 1817.

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