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A man wearing an Akubra

Proprietary name, of unknown origin. Sometimes said (without any apparent evidence) to be from an Australian Aboriginal language.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈkuːbɹə/
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Akubra (plural Akubras)

  1. (Australia, sometimes attributive) A brand of Australian hat, especially a broad-brimmed model similar to a fedora, traditionally worn by Australian stockmen. [from 20th c.]
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 156:
      Horace lost his forty-shilling Akubra hat and did not stop for it and the Elizabeth Street cable tram sliced it in half before he had gone another block.
    • 1996, Janette Turner Hospital, Oyster, Virago Press, paperback edition, page 61
      He had to hold his Akubra at a rakish angle to keep from being blinded by the light.
    • 2004, Heather Campbell, Dear Hearts and Gentle People[1], page 59:
      Frank was wearing the large akubra (cowhand hat) that we had bought for our son and toting both carry-on bags. [] We both looked back to see Frank trying to run with a heavy bag in each hand and yet not lose the akubra perched on his head.
    • 2007, Slim Dusty, Joy McKean, Another Day, Another Town, page 272,
      It was alright for a while, then I got the message that I wasn't quite the real Slim Dusty without my Akubra, so I put the old Sundowner back where it belonged.