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[toh-guh] /ˈtoʊ gə/
noun, plural togas, togae
[toh-jee, -gee] /ˈtoʊ dʒi, -gi/ (Show IPA)
(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
1590-1600; < Latin; akin to tegmen
Related forms
[toh-guh d] /ˈtoʊ gəd/ (Show IPA),
untogaed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for toga
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  • 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.

  • 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 George Santayana
  • And he did not even feel that Petronius covered his head that moment with the toga.

  • He gave his boy his toga, or, as we should say, made a man of him.

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • It was to draw around him the toga, with which he silently covered his face.

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • And the young man, casting his toga aside, rushed forth in his tunic.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
British Dictionary definitions for toga


a garment worn by citizens of ancient Rome, consisting of a piece of cloth draped around the body
the official vestment of certain offices
Derived Forms
togaed (ˈtəʊɡəd) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, related to tegere to cover
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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toga in Culture

toga definition

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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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