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toga virilis

[toh-guh vi-rahy-lis, -ree-; Latin taw-gah wi-ree-lis] /ˈtoʊ gə vɪˈraɪ lɪs, -ˈri-; Latin ˈtɔ gɑ wɪˈri lɪs/
noun, plural togae viriles
[toh-jee vi-rahy-leez, -ree-; Latin taw-gahy wi-ree-les] /ˈtoʊ dʒi vɪˈraɪ liz, -ˈri-; Latin ˈtɔ gaɪ wɪˈri lɛs/ (Show IPA)
the white toga assumed by boys in ancient Rome at the end of their 14th year.
Origin of toga virilis
1590-1600; < Latin toga virīlis; see toga, virile Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The last rags of the boyish conscience were torn away, and he was invested with the toga virilis of journalism.

  • They clothed me, so to speak, in the toga virilis of a generous devotion.

    In the Days of My Youth Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
  • She claims the toga virilis, and all the strengthening burdens of freedom.

  • In the light of it, she assumes her toga virilis; and it is sacred to her god Liber.

    Val d'Arno John Ruskin
  • Donning the toga virilis, by which the boy was regarded as a man, was an important family festival.

  • After they had arrived at the age of seventeen, young men assumed the toga virilis.

  • Certainly that introduction had not to wait till the toga virilis was taken; though Tertull.

  • As the tree matures it gradually changes its dress and puts on its toga virilis.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
  • Yet they must wait a little longer; for Caesarion had joined the Ephebi, and Antyllus had been invested with the toga virilis.

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • If you want to bathe you walk into the sea as you stand, or hand your toga virilis to the bystanders, if any.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
British Dictionary definitions for toga virilis

toga virilis

(in ancient Rome) the toga assumed by a youth at the age of 14 as a symbol of manhood and citizenship
Word Origin
Latin, literally: manly (i.e., man's) toga
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