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hat (n.)

Old English hæt "hat, head covering" (variously glossing Latin pileus, galerus, mitra, tiara), from Proto-Germanic *hattuz "hood, cowl" (source also of Frisian hat, Old Norse hattr, höttr "a hood or cowl"), of uncertain etymology; it has been compared with Lithuanian kuodas "tuft or crest of a bird" and Latin cassis "helmet" (but this is said to be from Etruscan).

To throw (one's) hat in the ring was originally (1847) to take up a challenge in prize-fighting. Toeat one's hat (1770), expressing what one will do if something he considers a sure thing turns out not to be, is said to have been originally eat Old Rowley's [Charles II's] hat.

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Definitions of hat
1
hat (v.)
put on or wear a hat;
He was unsuitably hatted
hat (v.)
furnish with a hat;
2
hat (n.)
headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim;
Synonyms: chapeau / lid
hat (n.)
an informal term for a person's role;
he took off his politician's hat and talked frankly
From wordnet.princeton.edu