- a shaped covering for the head, usually with a crown and brim, especially for wear outdoors.
- Roman Catholic Church.
- the distinctive head covering of a cardinal.
- the office or dignity of a cardinal.Compare red hat.
- to provide with a hat; put a hat on.
- hat in hand, humbly; respectfully:He approached the boss, hat in hand.
- pass the hat, to ask for contributions of money, as for charity; take up a collection:The lodge members passed the hat to send underprivileged children to summer camp.
- take off one’s hat to, to express high regard for; praise:We took off our hats to their courage and daring.
- talk through one’s hat, to speak without knowing the facts; make unsupported or incorrectstatements:He is talking through his hat when he says he’ll make the team.
- throw/toss one’s hat in/into the ring, to become a participant in a contest, especially to declareone’s candidacy for political office:His friends are urging him to throw his hat in the ring.
- under one’s hat, confidential; private; secret:I’ll tell you the real story, but keep it under your hat.
- wear two/several hats, to function in more than one capacity; fill two or more positions:He wears two hats, serving as the company’s comptroller as well as its chief executive officer.
Origin of Hat
before 900; Middle English; Old English hætt; cognate with Old Norse hǫttr hood; akin to hood1
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