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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Chapeau  \Cha`peau"\,  n.;  pl  {Chapeux}.  [F.,  fr  OF  chapel  hat. 
  See  {Chaplet}.] 
  1.  A  hat  or  covering  for  the  head. 
  2.  (Her.)  A  cap  of  maintenance.  See  {Maintenance}. 
  {Chapeau  bras}[F.  chapeau  hat  +  bras  arm],  a  hat  so  made  that 
  it  can  be  compressed  and  carried  under  the  arm  without 
  injury.  Such  hats  were  particularly  worn  on  dress 
  occasions  by  gentlemen  in  the  18th  century.  A  chapeau  bras 
  is  now  worn  in  the  United  States  army  by  general  and  staff