ten-gallon hat

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Not certain. An earlier form without the number, gallon hat, comes by folk etymology from the Spanish galón ('braid'). It may also be a hyperbolic reference to the size of the hat, or a combination of the two.

Noun[edit]

ten-gallon hat (plural ten-gallon hats)

  1. A large cowboy hat, not holding ten gallons like the name would suggest but usually around three quarts.

References[edit]

  • "Ten-gallon hat" in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds, 2004.