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Hats and other things worn on the head

balaclava

noun

a warm hat that covers your head, neck, and usually all of your face except your eyes

bandanna

noun

a piece of coloured cloth worn around your head or neck

baseball cap

noun

a hat that fits close to your head, with a flat curved part that sticks out over your eyes

beanie

noun

a small round hat that fits tightly to your head

bearskin

noun

a tall black fur hat that some British soldiers wear as part of their uniform for special ceremonies

beret

noun

a round flat soft hat that fits tightly round the top of the head

biretta

noun

a stiff square hat worn by a Roman Catholic priest

boater

noun

a circular hat with a low flat top and a wide brim, usually made of straw (=dried stems of wheat) for wearing in sunny weather

bobble hat

noun

a hat with a bobble on the top

bonnet

noun

a hat that ties under your chin

bowler

noun

a bowler hat

bowler hat

noun

a hard round black hat, worn especially by businessmen in the past

busby

noun

a bearskin hat

cap

noun

a soft hat with a stiff part called a peak that comes out over your eyes

cap

noun

a soft hat that people wear as part of a uniform

cap

noun

a soft hat that you wear to protect or cover your hair

chunni

noun

a long scarf that a woman wears around her head or shoulders

cloche

noun

a woman’s hat shaped like a bell that fits tightly on her head

cloth cap

noun

a man’s flat cap (=hat) made from cloth or wool with a hard curved front part. It is sometimes considered to be typical of working-class men.

cocked hat

noun

a hat with three sides and a brim (=bottom part) that is turned straight up, worn in the 18th century

coronet

noun

a small crown

cowboy hat

noun

a high hat with a wide brim (=the flat part that surrounds a hat)

cowl

noun

a part of a piece of clothing that covers the head and shoulders, worn especially by monks

crash helmet

noun

a hard round hat that you wear to protect your head while driving a motorcycle or racing car

crown

noun

a circular decoration that a king or queen wears on their head as a symbol of power, often decorated with jewels

crown

noun

a decoration for your head shaped like a crown

deerstalker

noun

a hat with pieces that cover your ears

derby

noun

a bowler hat

dupatta

noun

a long scarf that a woman wears around her head or shoulders

earmuffs

noun

a pair of round pieces of cloth or fur connected by a band that you wear over your ears to keep them warm

fascinator

noun

a small, decorative item worn instead of a hat by women at special social occasions such as weddings

fedora

noun

a man’s hat with a wide brim

fez

noun

a small round red hat with a flat top and no brim that men wear in some Muslim countries

flat cap

noun

a man’s cloth hat with a narrow brim at the front, often considered to show that someone is working class

garland

noun

a ring of flowers, leaves etc that you wear around your head or neck or use for decorating something

hard hat

noun

a hat that workers on building sites wear to protect their heads

hat

noun

a piece of clothing that you wear on your head

headband

noun

a narrow piece of cloth that you wear around your head to keep hair or sweat (=liquid from your skin) out of your eyes

headdress

noun

a decorated piece of clothing that someone wears on their head

headphones

noun

a piece of equipment that you wear over your ears to listen to something without other people hearing it

headpiece

noun

something that you wear on your head for decoration or protection

headscarf

noun

a piece of cloth that a woman or girl wears on her head and ties under her chin

helmet

noun

a hard hat that you wear to protect your head

homburg

noun

a soft hat for men that has a stiff brim (=edge)

hood

noun

the part of a coat or jacket that covers your head

hood

noun

a piece of cloth that can be pulled over a person’s head and face

kerchief

noun

a piece of cloth that you wear around your neck or head

mitre

noun

a tall hat worn by a bishop

mortarboard

noun

a hat with a stiff square top, worn as a sign of academic achievement. Mortarboards were traditionally worn by teachers.

panama

noun

a man’s hat made from straw, usually worn in hot weather

pillbox

noun

a woman’s small round hat with a flat top

pith helmet

noun

a large hard round hat worn in hot countries to keep the sun off your head, especially in the past

shawl

noun

a large piece of material that is worn by a woman around her shoulders or on her head

shower cap

noun

a plastic hat that you wear when you shower so that your hair does not get wet

skullcap

noun

a small hat sometimes worn by Jewish men and Roman Catholic priests

sombrero

noun

a Mexican hat for men that is tall and has a very wide brim

sou’wester

noun

a hat that protects your face and neck from the wind and rain

stetson

a tall hat with a wide brim, usually worn by people in the western part of the US

straw boater

noun

an old-fashioned hat made of straw with a flat top and a band around it

sun bonnet

noun

a cotton hat for babies that protects the baby’s head and face from the sun

sun hat

noun

a hat with a wide brim (=edge) that you wear to protect your head and face from the sun

sweatband

noun

a piece of cloth that sports players wear around their wrists or head to stop sweat going onto their hands or into their eyes

swimming cap

noun

a thin rubber or plastic hat that keeps your hair dry when you swim

tam-o’-shanter

noun

a Scottish hat made of cloth. It has a flat top with a ball of wool called a pompom in the middle.

ten-gallon hat

noun

a tall hat with a wide brim sometimes worn in the western US

topee

another spelling of topi

top hat

noun

a man’s tall hat shaped like a tube with a narrow brim, worn on formal occasions

topi

noun

a light hard hat with a brim that is worn in hot countries to protect you from the sun

trilby

noun

a man’s hat worn with the top part pressed down along the middle

turban

noun

a hat worn by women that is similar to this

veil

noun

a thin piece of cloth worn over a woman’s head and often partly over her face

visor

noun

a curved piece of plastic or other material on a band that you wear on your head to protect your eyes from the sun

wreath

noun

a circle of flowers or leaves that someone wears on their head

yarmulke

noun

a small round hat worn by Jewish men

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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