Definition of fedora in US English:



  • A low, soft felt hat with a curled brim and the crown creased lengthwise.

    • ‘An old black and white photo of Hoxsey dressed in a bow tie and a fedora holding up a bottle of tonic doesn't help his case.’
    • ‘Kelly turns out suede fedoras with handmade ribbon trim and antique coconut buttons.’
    • ‘Work a vintage fedora, tam or veiled hat into your wardrobe for a bit of uptown chic.’
    • ‘In contrast, the dress code was strictly 1930s gangster chic, with the men in pinstripes and fedoras while the women sported shawls and feathered caps.’
    • ‘Any vintage fedoras you find will almost certainly be too small (perhaps men had smaller heads in the Forties, but I have never found a vintage hat that fits).’
    • ‘Two shady characters in trenchcoats and fedoras stopped by the station, talking, and he listened in on their conversation.’
    • ‘Wearing fedoras and top hats comes back into fashion in 2016.’
    • ‘Now can you get everyone into wearing fedoras again, too?’
    • ‘Just because I'm on a one-woman mission to bring back fedoras and leg warmers doesn't mean you have to be.’
    • ‘The people walk hand in hand, the men in suits, ties and fedoras, long-legged women in wide-brimmed hats, wearing dresses down to their ankles.’
    • ‘Choose from wool caps, classic fedoras or straw Panamas for men and women and a charming line for children.’
    • ‘With rolled up sleeves, they definitely suit those of you with boatie hats, or fedoras (I like to think I can advise the minority too).’
    • ‘A black, grungy trench coat hung loosely over his lanky frame, and his face was hidden in the darkness under a fedora hat.’
    • ‘Straw hats are great summer hats with plenty of sex appeal, but nothing beats the feel of a felt fedora in the cold.’
    • ‘He was tall and wore a floppy fedora and a dirty tweed jacket.’
    • ‘He's wearing a black tee-shirt, a black fedora and black jeans - so it's not surprising he's almost melting into the night.’
    • ‘Young men in baseball caps and trainers are offered lessons in the wearing of trilbies and fedoras, and many people volunteer for ‘hat doffing’ classes, led by the splendidly monikered, and splendidly bearded, Torquil Arbuthnot.’
    • ‘Shutting his locker, he shifted the brim of his fedora slightly.’
    • ‘Inside, there are dusty shelves stocked with classic felt fedoras and poor-boy caps against every wall.’
    • ‘The dancers are dressed unisexly in suits and ties, raincoats and fedoras (the brims pulled down), the colours drab brown or slate.’


Late 19th century (originally US): from Fédora, the title of a drama (1882) written by the French dramatist Victorien Sardou (1831–1908).