from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A man's hat having a narrow brim and a tall cylindrical crown, usually made of silk. Also called high hat.
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- n. A man's formal hat, with a tall cylindrical crown (often of silk).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a man's hat with a tall crown; usually covered with silk or with beaver fur
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“Yes, of course!” hissed Raspa, throwing her top hat to the floor.
Since I've seen a Welshman in a top hat leading a Zulu impi, and have myself ridden in an Apache war party in paint and breech-clout, I dare say I shouldn't have been surprised to find that Gurdana Khan, the complete Khyberie hillman, could talk the lingo of Brother Jonathan — there were some damned odd fellows about in the earlies, I can tell you.
Julia was coming down the steps, carefully because of a layer of new snow, and right beside her Jake, in top hat and dark overcoat with a lamb's-wool collar, held her elbow.
As the top hat was pushed up onto the top of the passenger’s head, Raspa’s searing eyes emerged to glare at Doctor Proctor.
One such passed me pulled by a white-bearded man whose clothes — gaiters, very skinny pants, a strange dull-silk top hat that flared out at the top — were years out of fashion.
I can't count the times I've found underpants suitable to both sexes, and once I found a top hat set jauntily upright on a stone.
The brim of the passenger’s top hat had slipped down over his eyes, and he was obviously sound asleep, because his body was flopping back and forth as the carriage moved.
Riding sidesaddle, wearing a top hat and veil, slim and graceful with a long neck, high cheekbones, and dark hair, Ethel Tree was sophisticated, widely traveled, and, said Beatty’s nephew and biographer Charles Beatty, “free ranging in her affections.”
Jackie Cooper was up on the screen, in a battered top hat and a polka-dot tie, blubbering over his dead dog.