• WordNet 3.6
    • n shako tall hat; worn by some British soldiers on ceremonial occasions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shako A kind of military cap or headdress.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shako A head-dress worn by soldiers, especially infantry, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is inform a cylinder or truncated cone, stiff, with a vizor in front, and generally has a plume or pompon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shako shak′ō a military cap of cylindrical shape, worn mostly by infantry, and generally plumed.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hung. csákó,: cf. F. shako, schako,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hung. csako.


In literature:

A stream of men in uniform, by their square crowned shakos and other insignia, recognisable as Lancers.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
His peaked shako lay in front of him, and he smoked a cigar as he pored over his book.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
The soldiers toss their shakos!
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
It was a close escape, for the comb, brush, and handkerchief in my shako were broken and torn by the bullet.
"The Conscript" by Émile Erckmann
It seems to me as if I could see those Prussians still, with their big mustaches, their red faces and flat shakos, furious at being checked.
"Waterloo" by Émile Erckmann
Shakos, helmets, and greatcoats were hung upon the orange-trees.
"Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune" by Charles James Lever
Oh, with what joy did he put his "fixings" into his shako and take leave of his corporal!
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
He sprang up with a loud oath, and knocked my shako off my head.
"Sir Jasper Carew His Life and Experience" by Charles James Lever
And that there bit of shirt belonged to my pal Jenkins, as good a chap as ever wore shako.
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
The shako was the main stumbling-block.
"Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 3" by Various

In poetry:

He chuckled to hear of a sudden surprise -
Of soldiers, compelled, through an enemy's spies,
Without any knapsacks or shakos to flee -
For an eminent army-contractor was he.
"Old Paul and Old Tim" by William Schwenck Gilbert