• WordNet 3.6
    • n hatband a band around the crown of a hat just above the brim
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hatband hăt"bănd` A band round the crown of a hat; sometimes, a band of black cloth, crape, etc., worn as a badge of mourning.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hatband A band or ribbon placed about a hat just above the brim. A broader band of some black material, such as crape, is often worn as mourning. In Great Britain a broad band of bombazine, with bows at the back and hanging ends of some length, is worn on the hat by the undertaker and his assistants at funerals, similar bands of crape, but with shorter ends, being worn by the chief mourners then and for some time thereafter.
    • n hatband In heraldry, a bearing representing a ribbon, or sometimes a sort of braid ending in tassels.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Hatband the ribbon round a hat, often a mourning-band
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hæt, Dan. hat.


In literature:

He blazed all over with diamonds and other precious stones, from his hatband and his earrings to his shoes.
"A Child's History of England" by Charles Dickens
Bless my hatband, but I hope Tom is here!
"Tom Swift Among The Diamond Makers" by Victor Appleton
He withdrew it from his hatband, where he always wore it aslant like a feather.
"Moby Dick; or The Whale" by Herman Melville
If I hit, thou 'lt buy me a pearl hatband?
"To Have and To Hold" by Mary Johnston
Hatbands and Cloaks will be provided by the undertaker.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
All that family are as queer as Dick's hatband, and fight like man and wife.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
Brea had drawn his own check for $240, and had it in his hatband with the $240,000 dummy check.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
Why not look at the conductor's checks that are sticking out of their hatbands?
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
As to Dick's hatband, it is expressed in a peculiarly clumsy and round-about manner by Southey.
"Notes and Queries, Number 33, June 15, 1850" by Various
He was just a hayseed, a rube, a misfit, as odd as Dick's hatband, an off ox.
"The Brown Mouse" by Herbert Quick

In poetry:

Tom, dressed in crape and hatband,
Of mourners was the chief;
In bitter self-upbraidings
Poor Edward showed his grief:
Tom hid his fat white countenance
In his pocket-handkerchief.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray