One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man's felt hat having a narrow curled brim and a tapered crown with a lengthwise indentation.
- ‘They have done this for many years, and they make a colourful and distinctive spectacle as they wander around the town in their homburgs, ringlets, and black suits.’
- ‘More often than not I sport the headwear of the retired gentleman - a classless corduroy cap, but hope to see the day when the bowler, the homburg and the trilby, like the mini-skirt, become fashionable again.’
- ‘It was the men, some of them wearing Chesterfield coats and homburgs, who lined up at the soup kitchens with drooping shoulders and eyes that never looked up from the sidewalk.’
- ‘Reports and pictures showed him resplendent with giant cigar and homburg hat’
- ‘And he'd turn up with his homburg on and a little black case.’
- ‘The most common hat for men in the synagogue is a small round cap called a yarmulke or a kippah, but an ordinary homburg or street hat will be accepted.’
Late 19th century: named after Homburg, a town in western Germany, where such hats were first worn.
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