see also: HAT
  • (British, America) IPA: /hæt/
  • (Canada, California, RP) IPA: [hat]
  • (Northern US) IPA: [hɛt]

hat (plural hats)

  1. A covering for the head, often in the approximate form of a cone or a cylinder closed at its top end, and sometimes having a brim and other decoration.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter II, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546 ↗; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], [1933], OCLC 2666860 ↗, page 0091 ↗:
      There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
  2. (figuratively) A particular role or capacity that a person might fill.
    • 1993, Susan Loesser, A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser and the Guys and Dolls in His Life: A Portrait by His Daughter, Hal Leonard Corporation (2000), ISBN 978-0-634-00927-3, p.121 ↗:
      My mother was wearing several hats in the early fifties: hostess, scout, wife, and mother.
  3. (figuratively) Any receptacle from which numbers/names are pulled out in a lottery.
    1. (figuratively, by extension) The lottery or draw itself.
      We're both in the hat: let's hope we come up against each other.
  4. (video games) A hat switch.
    • 2002, Ernest Pazera, Focus on SDL, p.139:
      The third type of function allows you to check on the state of the joystick's buttons, axes, hats, and balls.
  5. (typography, nonstandard, rare) The háček symbol.
  6. (programming, informal) The caret symbol ^.
  7. (internet slang) User rights on a website, such as the right to edit pages others cannot.
  8. (Cambridge University slang, obsolete) A student who is also the son of a nobleman (and so allowed to wear a hat instead of a mortarboard).
  • (student and nobleman) gold hatband, tuft
Translations Verb

hat (hats, present participle hatting; past and past participle hatted)

  1. (transitive) To place a hat on.
  2. (transitive) To appoint as cardinal.
    • 1929, "Five New Hats," Time, 2 December, 1929, [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,738201,00.html]
      It was truly a breathtaking rise. From the quiet school, Pope Pius XI had jumped Father Verdier over the heads of innumerable Bishops, made him Archbishop of Paris. Soon he was to be hatted a Prince of the Church and put in charge of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.
  1. (Scotland, Northern England or obsolete) simple past tense of hit
    When I axed him why he hat 'im, he said, "I ne know, I ne know, mate."


hat (plural hats)

  1. Initialism of highest astronomical tide
  2. (medicine, uncountable) Initialism of human African trypanosomiasis
  3. (electronics) Initialism of hardware attached on top: a kind of expansion board for the Raspberry Pi computer

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