[fi-dawr-uh, -dohr-uh] /fɪˈdɔr ə, -ˈdoʊr ə/

a soft felt hat with a curled brim, worn with the crown creased lengthwise.
a soft felt or velvet medium-brimmed hat, usually with a band

1887, American English, from “Fédora,” a popular play by Victorien Sardou (1831-1908) that opened 1882, in which the heroine, a Russian princess named Fédora Romanoff, originally was performed by Sarah Bernhardt. During the play, Bernhardt, a notorious cross-dresser, wore a center-creased, soft brimmed hat. Women’s-rights activists adopted the fashion. The proper name is Russian fem. of Fedor, from Greek Theodoros, literally “gift of god,” from theos “god” + doron “gift” (see date (n.1)).
operating system, project
An open source project, sponsored by Red Hat, Inc., and potentially feeding into their products.
Fedora Home (http://fedora.redhat.com/).


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