Definition of red hat in US English:

red hat

noun

  • A cardinal's hat, especially as the symbol of a cardinal's office.

    • ‘After they accept the cardinals' traditional red hats in a February 21 ceremony, the number of electors, who must be under 80 years of age, will be 135.’
    • ‘His appointment as Cardinal also came as a surprise to many, breaking a century-old tradition of the red hat going to Armagh.’
    • ‘Cardinal Winning gained his red hat because he operated well within the conservative parameters of the present Pope.’
    • ‘Ratzinger was understood to be behind the Pope's decision to refuse a red hat to Lehmann on four separate occasions.’
    • ‘This he made abundantly clear in the allocution he delivered in Rome on May 12, 1879, on the occasion of receiving the cardinal's red hat from Pope Leo XIII.’

Pronunciation

red hat

/red hat/