Definition of tricorn in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌɪkɔːn/
(also tricorne)


(Of a hat) having a brim turned up on three sides: a tricorn hat decorated by a plume
More example sentences
  • The crier will also be expected to wear a traditional tricorn hat, a red cloak and to carry the town crier's bell at official functions.
  • Officers' hats seem at first to have been a tricorne - or three-cornered - hat which was universal wear for gentlemen in the 1600s and beyond.
  • A band of protesters in colonial gear wended through the crowd, led by a bell ringer in a tricorn hat calling for revolution.


A hat with a brim turned up on three sides.
Example sentences
  • He stood by the fireplace in a worn uniform, his tricorn under his arm, tapping his fingers on the mantel.
  • 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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