One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive (of a hat) having a brim turned up on three sides.
- ‘Officers' hats seem at first to have been a tricorne - or three-cornered - hat which was universal wear for gentlemen in the 1600s and beyond.’
- ‘The crier will also be expected to wear a traditional tricorn hat, a red cloak and to carry the town crier's bell at official functions.’
- ‘Spectators lined the shore cheering as actors in 18th-century style uniforms and three-pointed tricorn hats rowed ashore.’
- ‘The wartime tricorn hat and WRNS badge on display are those she wore on D-Day itself as she went on duty at Eisenhower's HQ at Southwick House.’
- ‘Chelsea Pensioners, resplendent in their scarlet coats and ceremonial tricorn hats, command respect and public esteem on parade or off it.’
- ‘He has become a familiar sight in Huddersfield town centre with his bell and tricorn hat.’
- ‘A band of protesters in colonial gear wended through the crowd, led by a bell ringer in a tricorn hat calling for revolution.’
- ‘Eccentric chic is apparently all very now: think Oxford beanies, tricorn hats, feather boas and you get some idea of the serious lack of taste required.’
A hat with a brim turned up on three sides.
- ‘He was dressed in a worn tricorn, a dark homespun coat, knee-length breeches, dark stocking, and heavy brogue shoes.’
- ‘A young soldier, his black tricorn at a jaunty angle, moved to make room for him.’
- ‘He stood by the fireplace in a worn uniform, his tricorn under his arm, tapping his fingers on the mantel.’
- ‘From the simplest berets and plain straw bonnets to turbans, toques and tricorns, hats are central to her look.’
Mid 19th century: from French tricorne or Latin tricornis, from tri- ‘three’ + cornu ‘horn’.
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