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    Question Hat vs cap

    Hello,

    I have a question about the difference between a hat and a cap. I have read this thread and was also under the impression that a hat has a brim all around it. But on Google images, it shows some caps (with a visor, and not a brim all around it) under 'baseball hat'.

    Is it correct to call it a 'baseball hat'? Or is it a regional usage/ AmE?

    I found the following definitions for 'cap' and 'hat' on dictionary.com

    cap



    noun 1. a close-fitting covering for the head, usually of soft supple material and having no visor or brim.
    2.a brimless head covering with a visor, as a baseball cap.
    3.mobcap.
    4.a headdress denoting rank, occupation, religious order, or the like: a nurse's cap.

    hat

    noun 1.a shaped covering for the head, usually with a crown and brim, especially for wear outdoors.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Hat vs cap

    Hat is the general word, cap a type of hat. However, although a cap is a type of hat, we generally speak only of baseball caps, not baseball hats.

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    Default Re: Hat vs cap

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Hat is the general word, cap a type of hat. However, although a cap is a type of hat, we generally speak only of baseball caps, not baseball hats.
    @fivejedjon, thank you. Google images has been helpful to learn/understand many things, but with such things (baseball cap/hat) it is confusing. Given what you have explained, it is perhaps using 'baseball hat' for 'baseball cap'.

    It shows the same pictures for 'baseball hat/cap' and 'polo hat/cap'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    @fivejedjon, thank you. Google images has been helpful to learn/understand many things, but with such things (baseball cap/hat) it is confusing. Given what you have explained, it is perhaps using 'baseball hat' for 'baseball cap'.

    It shows the same pictures for 'baseball hat/cap' and 'polo hat/cap'.
    Google images is trying to find pictures that help give you an idea of what the word may mean; it is not in any way trying to restrict or define the word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Google images is trying to find pictures that help give you an idea of what the word may mean; it is not in any way trying to restrict or define the word.
    OK, Thanks. I understand, I should not look at it as a (substitute for a) dictionary.

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    Default Re: Hat vs cap

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    OK, Thanks. I understand, I should not look at it as a (substitute for a) dictionary.

    Not a teacher




    hat





    Cap

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    Default Re: Hat vs cap

    Also:



    Hats.

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    Default Re: Hat vs cap

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Also:



    Hats.
    But not:


    Caps.

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    Default Re: Hat vs cap

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    But not:


    Caps.
    @Raymott, thank you. Yes, I had that doubt.

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