Origin of cloche
Words nearby cloche
What does cloche mean?
A cloche is a type of round, close-fitting hat with a bell-shaped crown that was popularly worn by women in the 1920s and 1930s. Cloches often have a narrow, turned-down brim. They are sometimes called cloche hats.
Cloche is also the name of the (often silver) dome used to keep food warm that you typically see in stereotypical images of tuxedoed servers bringing food to tables at fancy restaurants. The word can also refer to other types of serving dishes, especially bell-shaped ones.
Cloche can also refer to a cover used to protect plants during early growth. It is sometimes called a garden cloche.
Example: Franny is trying to look like a 1920s flapper in her new red cloche, and I think she’s pulling it off.
Where does cloche come from?
The first records of cloche in English come from the late 1800s, from the context of gardening. Cloche is taken directly from the French word cloche, meaning “bell.” This derives from the Medieval Latin clocca, which also means “bell” and is the basis for the word clock.
Cloche can be used to refer to very different things, but they all have in common the fact that they are traditionally bell shaped. In gardening, cloches were originally glass bell jars used to cover plants to protect them from frost or other conditions. Many gardeners still use cloches for this purpose, but they don’t have to be glass or bell-shaped. Today, the word often refers to a kind of netting used as a protective covering.
Some people still wear cloche hats, but the style was most popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Wearing one today is often a throwback to that era.
The expression served on a silver platter often conjures up the image of a server carrying food on a plate with a shiny dome on top. The platter is the plate, and the dome on top is a cloche. The word can also refer to similar items, like a butter dish with a fancy cover, for example.
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How is cloche used in real life?
Cloche is used in three very different contexts. Most people recognize a cloche hat and the cloche used for serving food, but most people don’t know the name for them. (But now you do.)
Louise in a cloche hat and fur coat, 1926. Photo by Nishiyama of New York. pic.twitter.com/VhTfvGgHMc
— Forever Louise Brooks (@ForeverLouiseB1) April 1, 2020
I've never eaten anything served in a cloche and I'm not sure if I'm proud, ashamed, or indifferent. pic.twitter.com/lg5dpK3jqI
— mach5potato (@mach5potato) October 8, 2018
My old nemesis is back, and my diy cloche was a no match for this tiny slug pic.twitter.com/dvu3BHQQsw
— hugelkulturworks.com (@hugelkulturwor1) April 6, 2020
Try using cloche!
True or False?
Cloches are always bell-shaped.
How to use cloche in a sentence
As the server places the dish on the table, they lift the cloche and pungent smoke escapes, wafting around the dessert.
A crafted confection arrives at the table as the final course, covered in a glass cloche filled with swirling smoke.
But am I wrong to assume that this movie was 90 minutes of Jolie looking worried in a cloche hat?
St. Helier possesses yet other claims to historical distinction, in the mystery of James de la Cloche.The Channel Islands|Joseph Morris
This point is in favour of the identity of James Stuart with de la Cloche.The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories|Andrew Lang
One dines at the Gran Hotel Kast after the fashion of a champignon sous cloche.The Unspeakable Perk|Samuel Hopkins Adams
When he told you that your wife had gone to the Rue Cloche Perce, you would not believe that either!Marguerite de Valois|Alexandre Dumas
He had driven his dogs into Fort la Cloche after a hard day's run in seventy-five degrees of frost.Conjuror's House|Stewart Edward White