from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hat with the brim turned up in two or three places, especially a three-cornered hat; a tricorn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hat with the brim turned up to form two or three points; a bicorn or tricorn
  • n. The triangular space formed by the intersection of the position lines on a chart determined by plotting three bearings; the approximate position of the ship

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. A game similar to ninepins, except that only three pins are used, which are set up at the angles of a triangle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A variety of the game of bowls in which but three pins, placed at the angles of a triangle, are used.
  • n. A note folded into a three-cornered shape.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. hat with opposing brims turned up and caught together to form points


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  • My father never held a tennis racket or a golf club, and he couldn't kick a football or catch a swift pitch, but he bowled whenever he got a chance – tenpins, duckpins, candlepins, cocked hat, and quintet, a difficult game, the rules for which I was told he had helped to make up.
    —James Thurber, 1952, 'Gentleman from Indiana', in The Thurber Album

    July 18, 2008

  • The period term for what is often today called a tricorn or tricorner hat. Cocked hats can have two or three sides raised and pinned ("cocked"). They often feature an ornament of ribbon, sewn into a pleated disc with a button in the center, called a cockade.

    February 20, 2008