Definitions

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

  • n. A hat having the brim turned up on three sides.
  • adj. Having three corners, horns, or projections.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A three-sided hat with the brim turned up
  • n. A three-horned fractal
  • adj. Having three horns or similar projections

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having three horns or horn-like processes.
  • n. A hat with three points or horns; a cocked hat having the brim folded upward against the crown on three sides, producing three angles; hence, by popular misapplication, the hat worn by the French gendarmes, which has only two points: usually written as French, tricorne. See cut 13 under hat.

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

  • n. cocked hat with the brim turned up to form three points

Etymologies

French tricorne, from Latin tricornis, three-horned : tri-, tri- + cornū, horn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The rally intends to call “the GOP back to its roots,” if by “roots,” you mean lots of people in tricorn hats, whose idea of a good time is batting around their favorite economists from the Austrian School.

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  • The woman sitting next to Miss Temple, who had preceded her into the coach, wore a kind of tricorn hat rakishly pinned to her hair, and a thin band of cloth tied over her eyes, quite like a pirate.

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  • Your typical pirate hat is called a "tricorn" or 3-cornered hat.

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  • Wearing his Virginia militia uniform—red coat with white lace cuffs, red vest and breeches, black boots, a black tricorn—on April 2 Washington climbed atop a tall horse and rode out at the head of a corps of men wearing cloth coats, breeches, and hunting shirts.

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  • Today, Glen Beck's tea people enjoy wearing tricorn hats, but does anyone doubt that they would have been Tories during the American Revolution?

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  • April 26th, 2010 at 3: 35 pm tombaker says: we should chip in and get freeman a tricorn (made of organic materials, of course) so he can go get down with his teabagger soulmates, and help them “take back” america.

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  • But after years of armed struggle against New York's royal governors and sheriffs over the New Hampshire Grants, 37-year-old Ethan Allen—tall, muscular and "a commanding figure in his forest green greatcoat and sheared beaver tricorn hat"—and his Green Mountain Boys were ready to fight for independence.

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  • I was thinking of marketing tinfoil tricorn hats for the Tea Tards.

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  • But that didn't stop them from engaging in some ribbing -- particularly about the costumed protesters who often show up at tea party rallies wearing tricorn hats and other early-American garb to demonstrate their commitment to what they say are the values of the Founding Fathers.

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  • Mr. Jiang sparred openly with his hosts over human rights, but also charmed them, for example, by trying on a colonial tricorn hat in Williamsburg and reciting part of the Gettysburg Address on a tour of the White House.

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