Definitions for boaterˈboʊ tər
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a person who boats.
a stiff straw hat with a shallow, flat crown, ribbon band, and straight brim.
Origin of boater:
boater, leghorn, Panama, Panama hat, sailor, skimmer, straw hat(noun)
a stiff hat made of straw with a flat crown
boatman, boater, waterman(noun)
someone who drives or rides in a boat
Someone who travels by boat
A straw hat
Origin: boat + -er
A boater is a kind of men's formal summer hat. It is normally made of stiff sennit straw and has a stiff flat crown and brim, typically with a solid or striped grosgrain ribbon around the crown. Boaters were popular as casual summer headgear in the late 19th century and early 20th century, especially for boating or sailing, hence the name. They were supposedly worn by FBI agents as a sort of unofficial uniform in the pre-war years. It was also worn by women as well, often with hatpins to keep it in place. Nowadays they are rarely seen except at sailing or rowing events, period theatrical and musical performances or as part of old-fashioned school uniform, such as at Harrow School. Since 1952, the straw boater hat has been part of the uniform of the Princeton University Band, notably featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine in October, 1955. Recently, soft, thin straw hats with the approximate shape of a boater have been in fashion among women. Inexpensive foam or plastic skimmers are sometimes seen at political rallies in the United States. In Australia, New Zealand and South Africa the boater is still a common part of the school uniform in many boys schools, such as Shore School, Brisbane Boys' College, Knox Grammar School, Maritzburg College, South African College School, St John's College, Wynberg Boys' High School and numerous Christian Brothers schools.
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