or pre·tex·ta

[ pree-tek-stuh ]

noun,plural prae·tex·tae [pree-tek-stee]. /priˈtɛk sti/.
  1. (in ancient Rome) a white toga with a broad purple border, worn by priests and magistrates as an official costume, and by certain other Romans as ceremonial dress.

  2. a similar garment worn by a boy until he assumed the toga virilis, or by a girl until she married.

Origin of praetexta

1595–1605; <Latin, short for toga praetexta literally, bordered toga. See pretext

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