Definition of tricorn in English:

tricorn

(also tricorne)

adjective

  • (of a hat) having a brim turned up on three sides.

    ‘a tricorn hat decorated by a plume’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has become a familiar sight in Huddersfield town centre with his bell and tricorn hat.’
    • ‘Chelsea Pensioners, resplendent in their scarlet coats and ceremonial tricorn hats, command respect and public esteem on parade or off it.’
    • ‘Spectators lined the shore cheering as actors in 18th-century style uniforms and three-pointed tricorn hats rowed ashore.’
    • ‘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.’

noun

  • A hat with a brim turned up on three sides.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From the simplest berets and plain straw bonnets to turbans, toques and tricorns, hats are central to her look.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from French tricorne or Latin tricornis, from tri- ‘three’ + cornu ‘horn’.

Pronunciation

tricorn

/ˈtrʌɪkɔːn/