A hood is a kind of
Today, hoods are generally soft headcoverings
which form part of a larger garment (e.g.
an exception is a
rain hood which is not part of a larger
garment). They can be pulled up over the
head when needed, or left to hang down the
back when not. They may also be detachable
to turn a winter overcoat into a summer
one, or may be designed to be folded or
rolled into a small pocket in the neck of
the garment when not in use.
Historically, hoods were either similar
to modern hoods, often forming part of a
a separate form of headgear. Soft hoods
were worn by men under hats.
Women's hoods varied from close-fitting,
soft headgear (e.g.
snood) to stiffened, structured hoods
or very large coverings made of material
over a frame which fashionable women wore
over towering wigs or hairstyles to protect
them from the elements (e.g. calash).
A hood can also be headgear, possibly
make-shift, e.g. a
covers the whole head, with the result that
the wearer can see little or nothing, like
being blindfolded, and can also not be identified.
It may be applied to a person who has been
arrested or kidnapped. The practice is known
A criminal may also wear a hood to prevent
identification: in this case it has typically
holes for the eyes.