One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wide-brimmed hat of strawlike material, originally made from the leaves of a particular tropical palm tree, worn chiefly by men.
- ‘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.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The sweat dribbled around the patent brim of his new white panama.’
- ‘But people would not like it; the embarrassment of a dead man's jacket, his baseball cap and panama on the hallstand.’
- ‘It would never fit again and he had to make do, most unwillingly, with a borrowed panama.’
- ‘Only buy a panama hat with a sweatband, which helps keep your hat in place and prevents it from stretching out.’
- ‘Then, panamas or linen hats were the order of the day.’
- ‘But I guess I wasn't counting on the enduring shade of the panama hat.’
- ‘My wide-brimmed panama hat was chilling nicely in the boat's hat cooler.’
Mid 19th century: named after the country of Panama.
A country in Central America; population 3,900,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Panama City; language, Spanish (official).
Panama occupies the isthmus that connects North and South America. Colonized by Spain in the early 16th century, it was freed from imperial control in 1821 and became 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 split the country in two. In 1989, US troops invaded Panama and arrested the country's president, Gen. Manuel Noriega, on charges of drug trafficking. According to an agreement signed in 1977, the Panama Canal and the surrounding zone were turned over to Panama at the end of 1999
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