from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A wide-brimmed hat worn by ancient Greeks and Romans.
- n. Greek Mythology The winged hat of Hermes.
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- n. Alternative form of petasus.
AFP/Getty Images Brad Pitt Among the first hats distinguished by having a brim was the felt petasus or petasos of the Greeks and Romans, which tied under the chin, according to menswear historian Andy Gilchrist.
On journeys women wore a light broad-brimmed petasos as a protection from the sun.
Another kind of cradle, in the form of a shoe, is shown containing the infant Hermes, recognizable by his petasos.
1 174 In the second instance, Hermes wears the petasos, and this sufficiently indicates the god Hermes.
1934 Antiquity 8 165 He wears a petasos on his head.
The sentiment of travelling is always conveyed in the ancient bas-reliefs and vase paintings by certain conventional signs or accessories bestowed upon the figure represented, viz., a broad-brimmed and low-crowned hat ([Greek: petasos], Lat.