from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman's hat supposed to be made in imitation of one shown in some striking portrait (as, for example, a portrait by Gainsborough): usually a wide-brimmed hat with flowing plumes. See Gainsborough hat, under hat.


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  • Miss Butler with her darling spaniels and picture-hat.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Courtney was wearing the glorious white lace bridal suit Jack had bought her, complete with picture-hat.

    Marriage At A Price

  • The lovely white lace suit The matching picture-hat.

    Marriage At A Price

  • She wore a skimpy tweed skirt and a cheap nun's veiling blouse, and on her iron-grey hair was perched rakishly a forlorn broken picture-hat of faded green, chiffon with a knot of bright red ribbon to give the bizarre touch of colour she had learned to admire among her surroundings.

    Mary Slessor of Calabar: Pioneer Missionary

  • The face beneath the picture-hat was small and well-shaped, the nose delicately tip-tilted, the chin determined, the mouth a little wide and suggesting good-humour.

    The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

  • She no longer wore the picture-hat, and Rutherford, looking at her, came to the conclusion that the change was an improvement.

    The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

  • She wore a picture-hat and a costume the keynote of which was a certain aggressive attractiveness.

    The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

  • This caused evident distress of mind to the judge, for Comrade Mabel with her indignant pink cheeks and her big picture-hat looked more than ever the lady, and it is a fact known even to judges that American jails have not been constructed for ladies.

    Jimmie Higgins

  • "That'll do, lady," said the policeman, as considerately as he dared; for Comrade Mabel wore a big picture-hat and many other signs of youth and beauty.

    Jimmie Higgins

  • With her light summer dress and her picture-hat and her open-work stockings and her absurd little high-heeled, silver-buckled shoes she had somehow regained the feminine self-confidence which her thick boots and sober brown woods dress had filched from her.

    Blazed Trail Stories and Stories of the Wild Life


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