Definition of sombrero in US English:



  • A broad-brimmed felt or straw hat, typically worn in Mexico and the southwestern US.

    • ‘The Cat's Meow is an intriguing velvet cloche hat amidst the bowlers, sombreros, hardhats, and baseball caps in the Hollywood closet.’
    • ‘Men dress as charros, or Mexican cowboys, and wear wide-brimmed sombreros along with tailored jackets and pants lined with silver or shining metal buttons.’
    • ‘And there was a list of this delegation, of peasants in their white pajamas and their sombreros.’
    • ‘One popular story is about El Duende, an imp with a big sombrero, red trousers and a blue jacket, who courts pretty young girls by tossing pebbles at them.’
    • ‘The theme of the day is Spanish holiday, they are dressed almost to a man in sombreros, with either beach balls, lilos or water rings.’
    • ‘Have servers wear colorful aprons, sombreros, chili pepper shirts or vests or brightly colored t-shirts.’
    • ‘Then we went to sombreros and then, like, matadors - a kind of big mix of everything.’
    • ‘He tucked her elbow in his and then started off, looking utterly ridiculous and unrecognizable in his wide-brimmed sombrero and bright orange and red patterned blanket.’
    • ‘He wore a large hat that he called a sombrero, in honor of some holiday in his culture that happened to be today.’
    • ‘Just then, a group of men wearing sombreros and playing guitar came to our floor.’
    • ‘Frank insisted on wearing a sombrero, as well as his Celtic top and shellsuit trousers.’
    • ‘Portraying Down Mexico Way, this band boasted a Spanish influence with its fancy sailors wearing colourful sombreros and a section of female revellers in flamenco-styled costumes.’
    • ‘Evidently, fur is the hot thing for men to be wearing - fur coats, fur vests, fur sombreros.’
    • ‘A multi-coloured straw sombrero from Acapulco in Mexico seemed equally out of place on the Christmas tree.’
    • ‘Students donned sombreros and begged for a Fiesta Bowl invitation.’
    • ‘He stomps in without stopping to divest himself of his sombrero, spurs or pistols.’
    • ‘The men in sombreros were miked and amped and they were shaking maracas and playing guitar.’
    • ‘Adorned with piñatas, sombreros and the occasional poncho, the Mexican Café represents the ‘stereotype’ of Mexican décor and food.’
    • ‘And whether riding a gondola in Venice, wearing a sombrero in Mexico or joining local traditions, this pope always added a touch of style.’
    • ‘We're going to have people with six-guns and so forth, sombreros, wandering through there as the local guides through ‘Ghost Town.’’


Spanish, from sombra ‘shade’ (see somber).