Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to summer theater that operates in suburban or resort areas.

Etymologies

From the fashion of wearing straw hats during the summer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • First of all: There was that picture of the lady with straw-hat, tea-bags attached to it, on a rally of the “Tea-Party” in 2009.

    The welfare state’s dirty little secret is out

  • What stories one could make of the straw-hat covered girl looking back!

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • In company with the other officers on board the ship, I paid my respects to the illustrious exile of Longwood, who received us in his garden, where he was walking about, in a nankeen dress and a large broad-brimmed straw-hat, with General Montholon, Count Las Casas, and his son

    Burlesques

  • Then there is a quilted calamanco coat, and a pair of stockings I bought of the pedlar, and my straw-hat with blue strings; and a remnant of Scots cloth, which will make two shirts and two shifts, the same I have on, for my poor father and mother.

    Pamela

  • A few minutes later a bearded man in overalls and straw-hat appeared.

    The Mennonites: a Dutch heritage in Mexico

  • Some upper flannel garment, and something in the nature of trousers, with a belt round his middle, and an old straw-hat would be all the wardrobe required by him.

    John Caldigate

  • How my heart palpitated with delight when, through apertures in the envious boughs, I at once caught the gleam of your graceful straw-hat, and the waving of your grey dress — dress that I should recognise amongst a thousand.

    Villette

  • The straw-hat was an ordinary garden head-screen, common to a score besides myself.

    Villette

  • Strange to say, this man knew me under my straw-hat and closely-folded shawl; and, though I deprecated the effort, he insisted on making a way for me through the crowd, and finding me a better situation.

    Villette

  • My straw-hat passed amidst cap and jacket, short petticoat, and long calico mantle, without, perhaps, attracting a glance; I only took the precaution to bind down the broad leaf gipsy-wise, with a supplementary ribbon — and then I felt safe as if masked.

    Villette

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