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

  • n. A hat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hat
  • n. The mass of grape solids that floats on the surface during the fermentation of wine
  • n. In international law, introductory text appearing in a treaty that broadly defines its principles, objectives, and background.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hat or covering for the head.
  • n. A cap of maintenance. See Maintenance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hat: used in English to denote a plumed hat forming part of an official costume or uniform.

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

  • n. headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim


French, from Old French chapel, from Vulgar Latin cappellus, diminutive of Late Latin cappa, hooded cloak.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)



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