[ pree-tek-stuh ]
/ priˈtɛk stə /

noun, plural pre·tex·tae [pree-tek-stee] /priˈtɛk sti/.

Nearby words

  1. pretermit,
  2. preternatural,
  3. preterperfect,
  4. pretest,
  5. pretext,
  6. pretexting,
  7. pretibial fever,
  8. pretibial myxedema,
  9. preticketed,
  10. pretonic


or pre·tex·ta

[ pree-tek-stuh ]
/ priˈtɛk stə /

noun, plural prae·tex·tae [pree-tek-stee] /priˈtɛk sti/.

(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.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019