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[klohsh, klawsh]
  1. a woman's close-fitting hat with a deep, bell-shaped crown and often a narrow, turned-down brim.
  2. a bell-shaped glass cover placed over a plant to protect it from frost and to force its growth.
  3. a bell-shaped metal or glass cover placed over a plate to keep food warm or fresh.
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Origin of cloche

1905–10; < French: bell, bell-jar < Medieval Latin clocca. See cloak
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  • He forgot that; kept the cloche moving; fought the wind with his will as with his body.

    The Trail of the Hawk

    Sinclair Lewis

  • I followed down a narrow but well-beaten trail, and so at the end of a half-mile came to the meadow and the post of Cloche.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • By this time "Cloche" has been spelled, so that the next question is, "Was it the bell?"

British Dictionary definitions for cloche


  1. a bell-shaped cover used to protect young plants
  2. a woman's almost brimless close-fitting hat, typical of the 1920s and 1930s
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Word Origin

C19: from French: bell, from Medieval Latin clocca
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Word Origin and History for cloche


type of bell jar, 1882, from French cloche "bell, bell glass" (12c.), from Late Latin clocca "bell" (see clock (n.1)). As a type of women's hat, recorded from 1907, so called from its shape.

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