Definition of tricorn in English:


(also tricorne)


  • (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.’


  • 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.’


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