- (in ancient Rome) the loose outer garment worn by citizens in public.
- a robe of office, a professorial gown, or some other distinctive garment.
Origin of toga
Examples from the Web for toga
When I arrived at college back in 1991, I might as well have been wearing a toga.The Price of College Has Increased 1120 Percent Since 1978, So Is It Worth It?
January 24, 2014
It is indeed a proud day for the youngster, because it is his putting on of the toga.Life of Schamyl
John Milton Mackie
Kihei (ki-hi)--a robe of kapa worn after the fashion of the Roman toga.Unwritten Literature of Hawaii
Nathaniel Bright Emerson
The ordinary garments of the Romans were the toga and the tunic.Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology
Charles K. Dillaway
The toga was an ample semi-circular garment, also without sleeves.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
He might wear a toga and then be Marius among the ruins of Carthage.The Sense of Beauty
- a garment worn by citizens of ancient Rome, consisting of a piece of cloth draped around the body
- the official vestment of certain offices
Word Origin and History for toga
c.1600, from Latin toga "cloak or mantle," related to tegere "to cover" (see stegosaurus).
The outer garment of a Roman citizen in time of peace; toga prætexta had a broad purple border and was worn by children, magistrates, persons engaged in sacred rites, and later also emperors; toga virilis, the "toga of manhood," was assumed by boys at puberty.
Breeches, like the word for them (Latin bracae) were alien to the Romans, the dress of Persians, Germans and Gauls, so that bracatus "wearing breeches" was a term in Roman geography meaning "north of the Alps." College fraternity toga party popularized by movie "Animal House" (1978), but this is set in 1962.
An outer garment for men in ancient Rome, worn as a sign of citizenship. The toga was a nearly semicircular piece of wool, worn draped about the shoulders and body.