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headdress developed from the simple close-fitting cap and hood of antiquity. The first hat, which was distinguished as such by having a brim, was the felt petasus of the Greeks, which tied under the chin and was worn by travelers. The decorative peaked cap was most popular in the Middle Ages. Later the medieval hood evolved into the 14th cent. turbanlike chaperon with hanging ends, called liripipes; the liripipes originated with the tassels on strings that had been added to the hoods of cloaks. The simple close-fitting coifs, gorgets, wimples, and veils of early medieval women gave way (in the 14th cent.) to netlike headdresses of jeweled gold wire known as cauls and crespins and later to conical hennins and large decorative butterfly and horn-shaped headdresses with starched veils. In the 16th cent. the beret, of colorful velvet or silk and richly jeweled, feathered, and slashed, was made fashionable by Henry VIII. Women's head coverings progressed from the nunlike gable headdress to the French hood set back on the head to the small heart-shaped Mary Stuart cap. The 17th cent. saw the high-crowned beaver of the Puritan and the wide plumed hat of the cavalier; by 1660 the brim had become so wide that the corners were turned up forming the tricorne. Women during that century generally wore hoods, although the high-standing, wired lace fontanges and commodes were popular; after 1700 the lace cap became fashionable. By the 19th cent. straw was used in making the recently introduced bonnets for women and Panamas for men. At the same time the beaver, or English round hat, of the 17th and 18th cent. gave way to the silk top hat, or stovepipe; caps and soft felt hats came back into favor; and the derby was introduced by William Bowler in England. Women's hats increased in size with their coiffures, culminating in the plumed and flowered "Merry Widows" of the late 19th cent.; with the advent of the closed automobile, hats became smaller. The 1960s saw a considerable decrease in the wearing and manufacture of hats. See headdressheaddress,
head covering or decoration, protective or ceremonial, which has been an important part of costume since ancient times. Its style is governed in general by climate, available materials, religion or superstition, and the dictates of fashion.
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What does it mean when you dream about a hat?

Hats represent concealment (e.g., a magician’s hat) and a covering of one’s head and mind (“keep this under your hat”). A tipped hat suggests a greeting, and different types of hats symbolize different situations (e.g., a beret suggests the military and a top hat represents magic, a formal occasion, a dance routine).



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Hats are usually symbolic of power and authority. They also stereotype the person who is wearing it. Look at the details in your dream and notice especially who is wearing the hat. The type and quality of the hat usually represents the degree of authority and respect that your unconscious mind is giving to the person wearing it. Generally the person wearing the hat is representing a part of you. What is the hat saying about your position in life and your attitude toward it?
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His next role in "A Hatful of Rain" brought him a Tony nom for actor in a drama as well as the Drama Critics Award in the same category.
Depleted Haverfordwest were sunk by a second-half winner from Carmarthen skipper Mark Dodds after they missed a hatful of chances, including a penalty.
How can anybody, including Rafael Benitez, nominate Crouch, or any other forward, in a 0-0 draw where we missed a hatful of chances?
But it was one of those nights for Rovers, as they could easily cantered into Friday's second-round draw had they not squandered a hatful of chances.
The chances kept on coming in the second half, but they were left to rue a hatful of missed opportunities.
3 THE Greenbacks are still without a home win after missing a hatful of chances in the first-half.
In the evening Nottingham are down for a hatful of opens again, including the final of a 500m Standard plus heats of another 500m competition.
An early goal from Lionel Ainsworth secured victory, but Rotherham were the better side, with Adam Le Fondre missing a hatful of chances.
Expect her to win a hatful more of medals this week.
BLUES are in desperate need of goals after missing a hatful of chances in a 2-1 defeat at Leeds.
Like the last twice we have faced relegation sides, we can't simply expect to turn up and think we can score a hatful.
The Nomads were left to rue a hatful of missed chances as the game slipped away, the best falling to Phil Molyneux and Danny Jellicoe.