One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of broad-brimmed hat traditionally worn by farmers and cattlemen in Australia.
- ‘In the late twentieth century, however, Australian identities have become commodified, made tangible in Akubra hats and Drizabones, and distributed worldwide through films, novels, and video clips.’
- ‘A record crowd close to 4000 people donned their spurs and Akubra hats to watch the bull riding spectacular, which was held at Brothers Sports Club on Saturday night.’
- ‘If ‘they’ hold another Senate enquiry and find out the ‘whole thing didn't happen ’, I for one will gladly eat my Akubra.’
- ‘Nearby we find other men with big Akubras squatting on the dusty ground, strong faces, strong veined hands, while a third page shows a team at a bronco panel toppling a steer.’
- ‘My escorts ordered me to remove my Akubra and told me, if asked any questions, to act dumb.’
- ‘Australian Prime Minister John Howard handed out Akubras to Commonwealth leaders at a gathering of the group of 54 mainly former British colonies in Queensland state last month.’
Early 20th century: from the name of the manufacturer, perhaps from an Aboriginal language.
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