wide brimmed felt hat with a pinched crown

A fedora is a hat. The name of the hat comes from a play called Fédora by Victorien Sardou, named after the main character.[1] Popular in the early 20th century, it has become a stereotype for gangsters or private investigators (PIs)[source?].

Drawing of a fedora
A fedora

They mainly come in black, sometimes with a band of coloured fabric around the rim.

Some people, such as Jack Abramoff and Richard W. Lariviere, become known for wearing fedoras.


  1. Encarta Dictionary, Microsoft Encarta Premium Suite 2004.