[ toh-guh ]
/ ˈtoʊ gə /
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noun, plural to·gas, to·gae [toh-jee, -gee]. /ˈtoʊ dʒi, -gi/.

(in ancient Rome) the loose outer garment worn by citizens in public.
a robe of office, a professorial gown, or some other distinctive garment.



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Origin of toga

1590–1600; <Latin; akin to tegmen


to·gaed [toh-guhd], /ˈtoʊ gəd/, adjectiveun·to·gaed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for toga

/ (ˈtəʊɡə) /


a garment worn by citizens of ancient Rome, consisting of a piece of cloth draped around the body
the official vestment of certain offices

Derived forms of toga

togaed (ˈtəʊɡəd), adjective

Word Origin for toga

C16: from Latin, related to tegere to cover
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Cultural definitions for toga


An outer garment for men in ancient Rome, worn as a sign of citizenship. The toga was a nearly semicircular piece of wool, worn draped about the shoulders and body.

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