trilby [tril-bee] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun, plural tril·bies. Chiefly British. a hat of soft felt with an indented crown.

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  • Origin of trilby 1895–1900; short for Trilby hat, after the hat worn by a character in an illustration for the novel Trilby (1894) by George du MaurierAlso called trilby hat. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for trilby Historical Examples of trilby

  • Of course, she had read her Trilby, and other works dealing with the Latin Quarter.

    The Incomplete Amorist

    E. Nesbit

  • She opened the door and there saw Alston Choate, his feet on the table, reading “Trilby.”

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • The composition sometimes is spoken of as the “Trilby” impromptu.

    The Pianolist

    Gustav Kobb

  • Trilby and Old Barney were the two who stuck (p. 334) to the alley longest.

    The Battle with the Slum

    Jacob A. Riis.

  • They sat up and rubbed their eyes, while Chief and Trilby barked their welcome.

    Children of the Tenements

    Jacob A. Riis

  • British Dictionary definitions for trilby trilby noun plural -bies mainly British a man’s soft felt hat with an indented crown (plural) slang feet Word Origin for trilby C19: named after Trilby, the heroine of a dramatized novel (1893) of that title by George du Maurier Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for trilby n.

    type of hat, 1897, from name of Trilby O’Ferrall, eponymous heroine of the novel by George du Maurier (1834-1896), published in 1894. In the stage version of the novel, the character wore this type of soft felt hat. In plural, also slang for “feet” (1895), in reference to the eroticism attached to the heroine’s bare feet.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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