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A US military private wearing a beret

A beret is a soft, round type of hat. They are usually made of felt or a similar material. Many berets were made in the 19th century in France and Spain. Berets are worn as part of the uniform of many military and police units across the world. Many other organizations also wear berets for different purposes.[1]


  1. Kilgour, Ruth Edwards. A Pageant of Hats Ancient and Modern. R. M. McBride Company, 1958.