Definition of tricorn in English:


(also tricorne)


  • [attributive] (of a hat) having a brim turned up on three sides.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Spectators lined the shore cheering as actors in 18th-century style uniforms and three-pointed tricorn hats rowed ashore.’
    • ‘Chelsea Pensioners, resplendent in their scarlet coats and ceremonial tricorn hats, command respect and public esteem on parade or off it.’


  • A hat having a brim turned up on three sides.

    • ‘A decade after Moore's death, students who had no memory of the cape and tricorne were entering graduate school.’


Mid 19th century: from French tricorne or Latin tricornis, from tri- three + cornu horn.