[ klohsh, klawsh ]
/ kloʊʃ, klɔʃ /


a woman's close-fitting hat with a deep, bell-shaped crown and often a narrow, turned-down brim.
a bell-shaped glass cover placed over a plant to protect it from frost and to force its growth.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for cloche

  • But am I wrong to assume that this movie was 90 minutes of Jolie looking worried in a cloche hat?

    If I Ran the Oscars|Jessi Klein|January 23, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • 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

/ (klɒʃ) /


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

Word Origin for cloche

C19: from French: bell, from Medieval Latin clocca
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