Definition of chapeau in US English:



  • A hat or cap.

    • ‘Sometimes a heraldic Chapeau replaces the Wreath, or occasionally appears between the Wreath and the Crest.’
    • ‘The hats include giant pizza boxes, towering tropical drinks, a stupendous pink pompadour, and the traditional finale, a 200-pound chapeau rendering of the city skyline, complete with twinkling bridges, skyscrapers, and fog.’
    • ‘On top of the circlet is set his coronet of rank or baronial chapeau if any.’
    • ‘Leading the hat parade was luncheon chair Lynda Transier, whose broad-brimmed black chapeau was dressed with fresh flowers.’
    • ‘I pictured myself rallying in the town square for the proletariats, my wool scarf loosely wrapped around my neck, a Dickensesque chapeau on my head, slightly askew, and a pair of fingerless gloves on my hands.’
    • ‘The chapeau is barely mentioned by Scottish heraldic writers, before Learney ascribed the chapeau to the baronage.’
    • ‘In it, the young Harriet rummaged through a large box of old hats and upon placing one on her head warped away in a cheesy special effect to an environment suitable to the selected chapeau.’
    • ‘As far as I am concerned, anyone who knows how to wear a chapeau gets to do exactly as she pleases.’
    • ‘Whether lounging in the African sun in a clingy white pantsuit or braving ski-masked Chechen guerrilla patrols in a darling furry chapeau, Sarah manages to make personal sacrifice and even martyrdom surprisingly chic.’
    • ‘Brits in Brussels have to hang on to their chapeaux when Blighty goes into one of its periodic fits of excitement at what is happening across the water.’
    • ‘So, a tip of the old chapeau to a forgotten ball player who had two truly remarkable seasons as a pro.’
    • ‘Though all nine of the recipes in this story would have fit in during the days when women - in tea dresses and chapeaux - gathered for leisurely camaraderie, they've been streamlined and infused with flavors.’
    • ‘He sat next to me on the bed, taking off his captain's chapeau.’
    • ‘Yet a show that originally featured the famed Ziegfeld girls and costumes could not fully be evoked here by a few fancy chapeaux.’
    • ‘The colour of the chapeau may be altered to denote the status of the baron.’
    • ‘Often copied, never quite equaled, the Tilley Hat is the most all-purpose chapeau I know.’
    • ‘A stunning outfit purchased in a Parisian boutique, worn with matching feather chapeaux, earned Louise the Best Dressed Lady title at this years Dublin Horse Show.’
    • ‘The chapeau is only granted in the case of a grant of arms to a peer.’
    • ‘Because no matter what you sport from the neck down, a stylish chapeau makes you feel like a million.’
    • ‘One of his aides, horror-struck at the sight, dropped the reins upon his horse's neck and covered his face with his chapeau, so as not to see his commander fall.’


Late 15th century: from French, from Latin cappellum, diminutive of cappa ‘cap’.