red hat

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red hat

n
1. (Roman Catholic Church) the broad-brimmed crimson hat given to cardinals as the symbol of their rank and office
2. (Roman Catholic Church) the rank and office of a cardinal
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The Marechal de la Meilleraie added that in case the coadjutor should appear on the field of battle it would be a pity that he should not be distinguished in the melee by wearing a red hat, as Henry IV.