[ toh-guh ]
/ ˈtoʊ gə /

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.

Origin of toga

1590–1600; < Latin; akin to tegmen

Related forms

to·gaed [toh-guh d] /ˈtoʊ gəd/, adjectiveun·to·gaed, adjective

Definition for togae (2 of 2)

cedant arma togae

[ key-dahnt ahr-mah toh-gahy; English see-dant ahr-muh toh-jee ]
/ ˈkeɪ dɑnt ˈɑr mɑ ˈtoʊ gaɪ; English ˈsi dænt ˈɑr mə ˈtoʊ dʒi /


let military power be subject to civil authority: motto of Wyoming.

Origin of cedant arma togae

literally, let arms yield to the toga Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for togae


/ (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

togaed (ˈtəʊɡəd), adjective

Word Origin for toga

C16: from Latin, related to tegere to cover
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Culture definitions for togae


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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