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[tohk] /toʊk/
a brimless and close-fitting hat for women, in any of several shapes.
a velvet hat with a narrow, sometimes turned-up brim, a full crown, and usually a plume, worn by men and women especially in 16th-century France.
Origin of toque
1495-1505; < French; replacing earlier toock, towk (< Portuguese touca coif), tock, tocque (< Italian tocca cap), toke (< Spanish toca headdress); ulterior origin obscure Unabridged
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  • She wore a handsome dress of dark green, and a toque with opulent ostrich feathers.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • She did not notice the mishap to the toque and left it where it had fallen.

  • She laid the toque down again, but drew a chair to the typewriter table, her back turned to the man and the girl.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • Its shape, however, was not that of the toque of our milliners.

  • She was wearing her black dress and the toque with the high feather.

    Command William McFee
  • Of these the most marked features are the rolled-up cap or toque and the short coat.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • Janet wore a long fur coat, and a toque of dark Russian sable, with a sweeping feather at one side.

    The Independence of Claire Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • The one in the toque gave the one with the bird of paradise a slight push.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • At last I reached the Turkish barricade and cautiously slid my hand over the top until my fingers encountered Ibrahim's toque.

  • He caught the outline of toque and feather—or was it flowers?

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for toque


a woman's small round brimless hat, popular esp in Edwardian times
a hat with a small brim and a pouched crown, popular in the 16th century
(Canadian) same as tuque (sense 2)
a chef's tall white hat
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Old Spanish toca headdress, probably from Basque tauka hat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for toque

kind of round hat, c.1500, from Middle French toque (15c.), from Spanish toca "woman's headdress," possibly from Arabic *taqa, from Old Persian taq "veil, shawl."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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