Definition of tricorn in English:


Line breaks: tri|corn
Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌɪkɔːn
(also tricorne)


  • (Of a hat) having a brim turned up on three sides: a tricorn hat decorated by a plume
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    • The wartime tricorn hat and WRNS badge on display are those she wore on D-Day itself as she went on duty at Eisenhower's HQ at Southwick House.
    • Eccentric chic is apparently all very now: think Oxford beanies, tricorn hats, feather boas and you get some idea of the serious lack of taste required.
    • A band of protesters in colonial gear wended through the crowd, led by a bell ringer in a tricorn hat calling for revolution.


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  • A hat with a brim turned up on three sides.
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    • From the simplest berets and plain straw bonnets to turbans, toques and tricorns, hats are central to her look.
    • A young soldier, his black tricorn at a jaunty angle, moved to make room for him.
    • He was dressed in a worn tricorn, a dark homespun coat, knee-length breeches, dark stocking, and heavy brogue shoes.


mid 19th century: from French tricorne or Latin tricornis, from tri- 'three' + cornu 'horn'.

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