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  Dictionary Definition of hat

noun, verb, hatted, hatting.

-- noun
1. a shaped covering for the head, usually with a crown and a brim, worn outdoors.
2. Roman Catholic Church (formerly) a. the distinctive red cap of a cardinal. b. the office or dignity of cardinal.
3. Colloquial a rank or office among many: which hat is he wearing now?
-- verb (t)
4. to provide with a hat; put a hat on.
-- phrase
5. at the drop of a hat, on the spur of the moment; without preliminaries.
6. bad hat, Colloquial a bad or immoral person.
7. eat one's hat, Colloquial to be very surprised if a certain event happens: If he wins this game I'll eat my hat.
8. my hat!, (an exclamation of surprise and disbelief.)
9. old hat, Colloquial (of ideas, etc.) old fashioned; out of date.
10. send around the hat ; pass around the hat, to make a collection, sometimes in a hat, for a needy person or cause.
11. talk through one's hat, Colloquial to talk nonsense; speak without knowledge of the true facts.
12. throw one's hat in the door, to test the warmth of one's reception in company, as when arriving late.
13. throw one's hat into the ring, to join in a competition or contest.
14. under one's hat, Colloquial secret, confidential: keep this information under your hat.
15. wear two hats, to act in two official capacities at the same time.
[ME; OE htt head covering, c. Icel. httr hood; akin to HOOD ]
-- hatless, adjective -- hatlike, adjective