One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man's wide-brimmed hat of straw-like material, originally made from the leaves of a particular tropical palm tree.
- ‘But I guess I wasn't counting on the enduring shade of the panama hat.’
- ‘The sweat dribbled around the patent brim of his new white panama.’
- ‘Only buy a panama hat with a sweatband, which helps keep your hat in place and prevents it from stretching out.’
- ‘Even if you don't think of yourself as much of a ‘hat ‘person, a panama hat is one of the best places to start.’’
- ‘My wide-brimmed panama hat was chilling nicely in the boat's hat cooler.’
- ‘In the old days he'd always worn a bowler hat, of course, and when they went out of fashion, a trilby; never a panama, not to the Club.’
- ‘In several he looked like a 1970s football manager in his white panama hat and a sheepskin coat.’
- ‘But people would not like it; the embarrassment of a dead man's jacket, his baseball cap and panama on the hallstand.’
- ‘Then, panamas or linen hats were the order of the day.’
- ‘It would never fit again and he had to make do, most unwillingly, with a borrowed panama.’
Mid 19th century: named after the country of Panama.
A country in Central America; population 3,900,000 (estimated 2015); official language, Spanish; capital, Panama City.
Panama occupies the isthmus connecting North and South America. Colonized by Spain in the early 16th century, Panama was freed from imperial control in 1821, becoming a Colombian province. It gained full independence in 1903, although the construction of the Panama Canal and the leasing of the zone around it to the US (until 1979) split the country in two; the canal itself was ceded to Panama in 1999
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