noun (plural chapeaux-bras pronounced same)historical
A man’s three-cornered flat silk hat, typically carried under the arm.
- A crescent-shaped chapeau-bras, known as an opera-hat, developed in the 1760s - 70s from the three-cornered hat.
- He was ‘arrayed in a green coat, with all his stars, orders, and ribbons-silk stockings, small shoes with gold buckles, and a chapeau-bras under his arm.’
- Formal evening dress was essential: the ladies in their most beautiful gowns and jewels and the men in long tail-coats, white cravats, knee-breeches and stockings, and carrying a chapeau-bras.
French, from chapeau 'hat' and bras 'arm'.
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