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Name of the heroine of George du Maurier's eponymous novel (1894), a beautiful artist's model who becomes a successful singer under the tutelage of Svengali. The trilby hat, a soft felt hat with a narrow brim and indented crown, is named for her, as such a hat was worn in the stage version, and in the first part of the 20th century feet were informally known as trilbies, as du Maurier's heroine was admired for her feet.


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